In 2017, the Education Commission will continue its work to disseminate the Learning Generation report and agenda for action, inspire and motivate reforms in financing and delivery of education and structure partnerships to carry forward the recommendations. The Commissioners have agreed to serve for an additional year to ensure the uptake of the recommendations.
During the second phase of work, the Commission will pursue five main priorities:
Supporting Pioneer Countries
This initiative will work to inspire leadership in countries to take on the Commission’s recommendations. Commissioners will lead high-level delegation visits to meet with Presidents and Prime Ministers of low and middle-income countries to explain the Commission’s recommendations and review implications for domestic education reforms and financing. To build a stronger foundation for the Commission’s Financing Compact, it is hoped that a number of countries will be ready to become “Pioneer Countries,” making education a top domestic priority supported by the highest levels of leadership and engaging in developing a reform agenda. The Commission will support ongoing work with these countries focused on accelerating progress by brokering collaborations with the international community. Find out more about the Pioneer Countries ›
Establishing an International Finance Facility for Education
A primary recommendation of the Commission report was the establishment of a International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd) which brings together the regional development banks and the World Bank alongside other donors in a coordinated manner to operate as a strong and effective financing system for education. The facility for education would coordinate and harmonize financing instruments and practices, increase MDB financing for education up 15% of total lending, and leverage and incentivize additional multilateral financing for education. The Commission estimates that establishing such a facility could potentially mobilize $20 billion or more annually from MDBs for education by 2030 (up from $3.5 billion today). The Commission will work with multilateral development banks and other international public and private actors to harness the potential of MDBs to finance education through more coordinated efforts. Learn more about the IFFed
Rethinking the Future Education Workforce
The Education Workforce Initiative aims to develop concrete options for policymakers to diversify, expand, and strengthen the education workforce to meet the changing demands of the 21st century and to improve learning outcomes. Drawing on evidence from in-depth case studies of innovative and effective education workforce reform, the Education Workforce Initiative aims to harness the latest experience to inform new ways to approach workforce design and implementation. Learn more about the Education Workforce Initiative.
Strengthening Global Accountability
The Commission is working with UN agencies and missions to identify how to take forward accountability and monitor recommendations outlined in the report. The Commission is also working with partner governments, organizations and agencies on accountability dashboards to hold all countries and donors accountable for their efforts to create the Learning Generation.
Catalyzing Strategic Initiatives
The Commission will aim to ensure that the remaining recommendations are prepared and handed off to relevant institutions, governments and partners to take forward the implementation. The Commission is in discussion with international and academic institutions to establish an expert group on the education workforce. Additionally, the Commission will plan a meeting on evidence and global public goods, develop a global learning indicator and is in discussion on new partnerships for innovations and co-investment with health.
Spreading the Message
Over the course of the year, Commissioners will be ambassadors for dissemination and implementation of the Commission’s key messages. They will speak at international and country-level events and gatherings, meet with non-education and education actors, and take the recommendations to governments and communities across the globe.
The success of the Commission in sharing its messages and turning them into action lies in its engagement with its partners, many of whom were also instrumental in bringing together the evidence and narrative for the Learning Generation report. The Commission is looking forward to continuing its partnerships at national and global levels in this critical implementation stage.