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MARCH 2021

The GEM Report has launched a photo contest on non-state actors in education    

Due out in December 2021, the next GEM Report will focus on non-state actors in education. While everyone wants to achieve the goal of providing quality education for all, who delivers it, who is engaged and how are subjects of much debate. 

To complement each new report’s innovative findings and analysis, every year the GEM Report holds an international photo contest to seek out new and original images. Last year’s winner, Robert Lamu, addressed the exclusion faced by learners with albinism in Uganda. Before that, Domyson Dulay Abuan won a contest around sustainable development in education with an image of recycling in schools in the Philippines.  

The best photos from each year’s competition feature in the annual GEM Report and associated communications products. The winner will be awarded $500, and the runners up $200 each. To take part in this year’s contest, make sure to submit your photos before April 30. For more information about the competition, please see this blog.

Gender-responsive textbooks

International Women’s Day

To mark International Women's Day (IWD), the French edition of the 2020 Gender Report was launched at a webinar with the Forum of African Women Educationalists on March 18. The event explored gender equality and girls’ education in Francophone West and Central Africa, a region where, despite improved access to basic education, poverty, rurality and socio-cultural factors remain persistent barriers to girls’ education. Watch the event here.  

A number of blog posts were published, on and around IWD, on gender bias affecting education spending in familiescountries’ challenges with developing textbooks free of gender biasthe emergence of new gender gaps resulting from school closuresmonitoring and analysis of learning in single-sex schools, and gender preferences in education in India and Bangladesh

The 2020 Gender Report has been released in ArabicFrenchPortuguese and Spanish. The team also launched an updated #HerEducationOurFuture factsheet with UNESCO on the state of girls’ education worldwide, available in EnglishFrench and Spanish

Zero Discrimination Day

To mark Zero Discrimination Day 2021, the GEM Report team, the Global Student Forum, the European Students Union and the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions convened an interactive webinar on the findings and recommendations from the 2021 Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia report on inclusion and education. The event culminated in a declaration made by the student bodies, representing around 40 million young people in the world calling for greater inclusion in education. 

GEM Report Advisory Board meeting 

A save-the-date has been issued for the next annual GEM Report Advisory Board meeting to take place on June 17 and 18. The purpose of the meeting is to provide guidance and feedback to the Report team. Topics covered range from the outline of upcoming editions to the overall development of the Report, future themes and communications strategies. The Advisory Board comprises representatives from UN multilateral agencies, bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and networks, directors of UNESCO education Institutes and individuals from developing countries in all world regions with an expertise in education. To see the current members, please follow this link.

GEM Report recent and upcoming events 

1 March Co-hosted Dialogue on 2021 Regional Report with the Global Student Forum, European Students Union and Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions 

18 March A New Generation: 25 Years of Efforts for Gender Equality in Francophone West and Central Africa 

24 March INEE Webinar Private Engagement in Education in Emergencies: Rights and Regulation 

25 March ITU and European Commission Forum 'Accessible Europe: ICT For All' 

29 March National Congress on Rural Education in Canada 

15 April FIERST EU Final Conference 

25 April Comparative and International Education Society Conference 

27 April Launch of the 2020 Latin America and Caribbean report on inclusion and education in Brazil 

28 April SEAMEO Congress 2021

Keep an eye on the GEM Report's events calendar for further details. 

The team is currently looking for a ‘Maternity Cover - Publishing Specialist Consultant’. Deadline for applications is 12th April. 
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