Strategic Partnerships to advance the 2030 Agenda

DCM Hegadorm at UNESCO

Strategic Partnerships to advance the 2030 Agenda:

On January 19, the Permanent Delegation of the United States hosted an event at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in support of two public-private partnerships: PeaceWorX, Preventing Violent Extremism through Education; and TeachHer, enhancing access to quality STEAM education for girls.
Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Getachew Engida, opened the event noting:

“The public-private partnerships that the U.S. Mission to UNESCO have put in place are on mobilizing education to prevent violent extremism, and empowering girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and mathematics (STEAM). They link closely to the founding principles of the Organization, that peace must be established drawing on humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity and recognition that gender equality is a fundamental human right, a building block for social justice and an economic necessity.”

With UNESCO Ambassadors from every regional grouping in attendance, Ambassador Mendez, Permanent Representative of Panama to UNESCO, stated that Panama, under the patronage of the First Lady of Panama and Panama’s Education Ministry, is committed to hosting the next TeachHer Central American training, to increase access and quality of girls’ STEAM education. During the event, the Madagascar-based Akbaraly Foundation, represented by Sidika Akbaraly and Amine Oubid, announced a pledge of €100,000 to support the expansion of TeachHer in 2017. This pledge follows the Foundation’s earlier donation of €100,000 to support TeachHer’s two successful regional pilot programs hosted by Ethiopia and Costa Rica during 2016.

The Zimbabwe-based HigherLife Foundation, represented by Mrs. Fidelia Gandiya, announced its pledge of $50,000 toward continuation of the TeachHer partnership in Africa.
* The workshop was made possible through the generous support of Georgetown University.

The United States Mission to UNESCO would like to recognize the following for their recent contribution:

PeaceWorX
Dori and Charles Mostov
Faith Gay
Greater than One
John Diekman
Katie Hall
Marc Guggenheim
Peter Wendell
The Scully Peretsman Foundation
Daniel Weiss

TeachHer
Gill and Elyssa Elbaz
Paul and Diana Kessler

More on PeaceWorx:
PeaceWorX was launched by the United States Mission to UNESCO at the first UNESCO High-level meeting on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education on November 6, 2015. Through PeaceWorX, the U.S. Mission has partnered with UNESCO, NGOs, and other UNESCO Member States to develop and deliver tools that empower educators and students to prevent violent extremism through Global Citizenship Education, in support of the 2030 SDGs, the UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action on PVE, and UNESCO Executive Board Decision 197 EX/46.

More on TeachHer:
The first regional training sessions, in August in Ethiopia and in November in Costa Rica, included a diverse mix of teachers, school administrators, and education ministry officials selected by the governments of each of the participating countries. Trainings focus on developing hands-on, engaging lesson plans designed to get all learners – but particularly adolescent girls – engaged in discovering and exploring fundamental STEAM concepts and building interest in STEAM careers. Follow-on enthusiasm for the program has been tremendous, with TeachHer alumni continuing to network among themselves and sharing images, videos and ideas from activities in their newly-formed STEAM clubs for girls. Participating countries are creating and implementing national TeachHer action plans to promote local ownership and sustainability.