The Institute for Globalization and Education

Mission of the Institute for Globalization and Education

The mission of the Institute for Globalization and Education at New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development is to facilitate the progress of UN member countries towards the post-2015 global development goals related to early childhood development, learning and education. Our work is based on three core beliefs:

  1. that children are the common basis for sustainable communities and nations;
  2. that learning is a lifelong and multi-generational process; and
  3. that public, private and civil society sectors and communities must ensure equal access of all children to quality learning opportunities. Our work spans work in high-, middle-, and low-income countries.

The post-2015 global development goals will focus on sustainable development, built on the three pillars of social inclusion, economic development, and environmental sustainability. Goals and targets for education and early childhood development, stretching from birth to adulthood, will benefit from a focus on policies and programs that facilitate lifelong and multi-generational learning.

Our core strategies include summarizing and leveraging the global science of child, youth and adult learning for effective programs and policies; capacity-building for systems leaders in child and youth development and education; and improvement of policy implementation and program quality in specific local, national and regional contexts.

Our work incorporates projects in three areas:

Key partners include the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, for which Hirokazu Yoshikawa is co-chair of the group on early childhood development and education; the Harvard Center on the Developing Child; and the Fundación Educacional Oportunidad; and UNICEF’s early childhood development office.