Date
07 Oct 2021
Location
Virtual & In-person, BST (GMT+1)
Creating an equitable future through education

How can education make the world more equitable?

Inequality in education didn’t start with the pandemic—but it’s more starkly obvious now than ever before. We’re bringing together education and inclusion experts to explore how to level the playing field for all.

Together with CAMFED (the Campaign for Female Education) and the University of Cambridge, we hosted a seminar at Jesus College, Cambridge on 7th October 2021.

The event had a strong focus on the global challenges facing education today, considering the inequalities exposed by the pandemic. Held three weeks before COP26, a key theme of this event was the link between girls’ education and climate change, as a global priority.

We spoke about keeping marginalized learners in education

We were joined by our 2020 Education Development laureates: CAMFED Co-Executives Lucy Lake and Angeline Murimirwa. They shared what they’ve learned about getting—and keeping—girls in school with Julia Gillard AC, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education and 27th Prime Minister of Australia.

And we hosted panels on opportunities and challenges in global education

Our sessions covered:

  • inclusive education in the context of disruption exacerbated by the pandemic and climate change
  • education and mental health in challenging times
  • cross-sector support for global education

Our panels and keynotes featured speakers including HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Professor Pauline Rose of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, and Professor Usha Goswami and Dr Erum Mariam, who are members of our Council of Luminaries.

We welcomed Lord Jo Johnson, Chair of Tes Global and former Minister of State for Higher Education, Alicia Herbert OBE, Special Envoy for Gender Equality and Director of Education at the FCDO and Gargee Ghosh, President of Global Policy & Advocacy, Gates Foundation. Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, former University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor and Board Director of the Yidan Prize Foundation, also gave the closing remarks.

Program
9am – Registration and coffee
9:30am – Welcome
  • Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, Founder, Yidan Prize
  • Ms Sonita Alleyne OBE, Master, Jesus College, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, former Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge and Board Director, Yidan Prize Foundation
  • Dr Julian Huppert (Moderator), Director of the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge
10am – Keynote & Laureate conversation: A focus on girls' education globally
  • The Honourable Julia Gillard AC, 27th Prime Minister of Australia and former Chair of the Global Partnership for Education
  • Conversation with Ms Lucy Lake OBE and Ms Angeline Murimirwa, Co-Executives of CAMFED and 2020 Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureates
10:45am – Panel discussion: Inclusive education in the context of disruption
  • Professor Pauline Rose, Director of the REAL Centre, University of Cambridge
  • Ms Fiona Mavhinga, Executive Advisor, CAMFED
  • Ms Alicia Herbert OBE, Director of Education, Gender and Equality Directorate, FCDO and Special Envoy for Gender Equality
  • Mr Andrew Jack (Chair), Global Education Editor, Financial Times
11:30am – Refreshment break
12pm – Panel discussion: Education and mental health in challenging times
  • Professor Usha Goswami CBE, Director of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge and 2019 Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate
  • Dr Erum Mariam, Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Educational Development
  • Professor Paul Ramchandani, Director of the PEDAL Centre, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Amy Jo Dowd (Discussant), Head of Evidence, LEGO Foundation
  • Professor Nidhi Singal (Chair), Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
1pm – Lunch
2pm – Panel discussion: Cross-sectoral support for global education
  • Professor Anna Vignoles CBE, Director, Leverhulme Trust
  • Lord Jo Johnson, Chair of Tes Global and former Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research & Innovation
  • Ms Gargee Ghosh, President of Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Laura Savage, Executive Director, International Education Funders Group
  • Andrew Jack (Chair), Global Education Editor, Financial Times
3pm – Refreshment break
3:15pm – Keynote
  • Princess Laurentien, UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy and Development and Board Director, Yidan Prize Foundation
  • Keynote speech and responses from young people
4pm – Final Remarks
  • Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, former Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge and Board Director, Yidan Prize Foundation
  • Announcement of partnership – REAL Centre & CAMFED
4:30pm – Close of conference