Creating sustainable development from a global education perspective can be answered. However depending on each population’s demographic, culture, ethnic, economic, and technological bias, which can hinder the capacity and foresight in maximizing the potential of Global integration into the education sector at every level, both primary and Higher Ed. But, in the interest of brevity, I will limit my comments to two determinants that I believe are the most significant challenges to creating sustainable development from a global education perspective:
- It’s people
- Political will of the government
Before I delve into the factors listed above, allow me to highlight why these two determinants on a larger scale are the reasons that profoundly affect global education. Other factors can include but may not be limited to the following:
-Insufficient power supply
-Technology: Lack of ICT Structures (Multi-media) Video and Teleconferencing
-Public and or Private Funding investment in education
-Training of Staff
-Programs and Policies to integrate Global Education into the local classroom.
These are just a few other factors that can hinder the progress of global education in any given society in today’s world. I will be focusing on the two most significant I consider facing global education being a society’s people and their governments will to enact policies and programs to boost/enhance comprehensive training in their individual country/community/policy.
PEOPLE: No society, community, state, and/or nation can enact a program without the understanding of the program’s benefit as well as the support from its people. It is, in truth, the people who will utilize and benefit from programs and policies that enhance education in their local schools. It is from the people’s taxes that money will be sourcing to fund some or all of the structures to raise the capacity of each school to a global world ranking.
Global education in itself is harnessing the knowledge of experts, academics, and professionals from across the globe to enhance the understanding of the youth/student and faculty population in local community schools. This, in turn, will get the beneficiaries’ minds equipped to compete with their peers across the world. Global Education will have the students ready to take on the future to lead the community and or country into the next phase of an economic and technological boom for development.
POLITICAL WILL OF GOVERNMENT: One may feel that a hindrance to global education would be funding and other factors other than the people who were elected and or appointed to serve and bring progress to a community or nation. Still, the truth is a lot of time the biggest hindrance to the advancement of a program, even one as fruitful and beneficial to a nation’s future like Global Education, is the government, themselves. The political will to see the need to invest time, human resources, and funds to enhancing global education in schools across their community/state and or country. Some governments are more reactive than proactive and need to understand the importance of education and having global education resonate in their school campuses and be a standard part of the academic curriculum.
Once a government and its people can genuinely focus on programs and policies in education, that would be the beginning of sustainable development for that nation’s society. Next would be for them to orient their people to understand the need to embrace new technologies and avenues to engage and enhance global learning and teaching in schools.
Support and partnerships should be sorted out from multinationals and donor agencies like the World Bank/IMF, UNESCO, African Union, African Development Bank, the Education Commission, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Facebook, and Google, to list a few. Governments can invest resources in education and educational programs, for example, the Electronic Education Initiative, a project set up to maximize technology to link schools in developed countries with developing nations utilizing multi-media (video-conferencing). The e-Education Project has proven to enhance learning and teaching while, at the same time, excite the student population with its use of modern technology in the classroom. By showcasing how it (technology) can be harnessed, not only for social media and everyday work but also in the campus classroom regardless of one’s financial standing, academic qualification, race, gender, or nationality of the e-Education program, we have proven that it should be expanded to reach more schools in all communities in both the developed and developing world.