Education.org has been established recently to advance the use of research and knowledge in global education. We are in the first year of a ten-year journey to build an Education Knowledge Bridge, starting with a fast-paced, crowd-sourced prototype around accelerated education.
Our focus for this prototype is on Accelerated Education Programmes (AEPs). AEPs are defined as flexible, age-appropriate programmes, run in an accelerated timeframe, which aim to provide access to education for disadvantaged, over-age, out-of-school children and youth. In the wake of COVID-19, we see an explosion of interest in AEPs. The equity concern is significant as marginalised children that were already disadvantaged were left even further behind. This initiative will build on efforts of many, notably the Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), comprised of critical actors and hosted by the INEE, with UNHCR as chair.
1. A prototype to test and refine a rapid, inclusive approach to global synthesis on critical themes.
Education.org is in the design stage of a process and network to mobilise the best available evidence on the most pressing education challenges, across a wide range of sources. Starting with AEPs, Education.org will implement synthesis cycles for topics chosen by its Global Council and through consultations.
2. Rapid, crowd-sourced global synthesis and guidance across published and unpublished literature to support choices on AEPs across governments, civil society, multilaterals, donors and others, which amplifies and elevates what has been done and which uncovers evidence that needs greater visibility.
Original sources linked in final products and actors will be referenced. Of special interest: refugees and IDPs, girls, children with disabilities or learning differences, children in arid and semi-arid lands.