Today’s youth confront a host of formidable challenges, including the climate crisis, conflicts, authoritarianism, and the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, all amplified by persistent historical injustices such as gender-based violence, economic inequality, and racism. Current global education systems inadequately equip them to address these issues, especially those in marginalized communities. Amid the pandemic, progress in skill development has stagnated, with a limited focus on the essential competencies young people require.
Now, more than ever, children and youth need education systems that foster their reengagement, socio-emotional well-being, and the cultivation of critical-thinking, creative, and collaborative skills. To transform these systems, education leaders must collaborate on both local and global levels.
Recognizing the importance of this collaborative endeavor, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings is convening a global movement network that connects education stakeholders, fosters research, cross-context connections, and communication strategies for systemic change. Guiding this network is the Knowing-Doing Network Leadership Coalition (KDNLC), an impact network comprising 10 selected organizations and the Center for Universal Education. The KDNLC will unify this network, advance shared agendas, deepen connections, and coordinate efforts to transform education systems both locally and globally, ensuring all children and youth are prepared to lead in an evolving world.
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Thank you to the review committee
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated group of reviewers who played a crucial role in the selection process of KDNLC. This diverse team, comprising civil society leaders, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, and policymakers from various regions worldwide, brought their invaluable expertise and deep understanding of local and global systems transformation dynamics to assess KDNLC applications. These trusted external partners, alongside CUE staff, significantly enriched the selection process, and we are genuinely thankful for the time and expertise they contributed to establish the KDNLC.
Members of the KDNLC review committee. Left to right, top to bottom: Millicent Adjei, Sunisha Ahuja, Akilah Allen, Sohini Bhattacharya, Ferdinand Chipindi, Renaud Comba, Molly Curtiss Wyss, Daniel De Bonis, Adefunke Ekine, Khadim Hussain, Mark Laichena, Aysel Madra, Juan Alfonso Mejía López, Atenea Rosado-Viurques, Tran Thi Ngoc Tran, Lydia Wilbard, Carrie Wright, Nazira Zholdoshbekova. Not pictured: Aissatou Bah.