About: Call for expressions of interest : contribute to the regional consultations for the 2024 GEM Youth Report on technology in education
Are you a young person below 35 or a youth led/focused community group, social movement or civil society organization working on education?
We want to work with you!
The Global Education Monitoring Report (or GEM Report) is an editorially independent, authoritative, and evidence-based annual report that monitors progress on education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Report is funded by a group of governments, multilateral agencies and foundations and published annually by UNESCO to serve the international community. It is widely recognized as an indispensable technical and advocacy tool supporting the achievement of SDG 4, which aims to ensure “inclusive and equitable quality education” and promote “lifelong learning for all” by 2030.
The 2023 GEM Report, the sixth in this new series, focuses on the role of technology in education. The achievement of SDG 4 is dependent on opportunities and challenges posed by technology, a relationship that was strengthened by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology, which appears in six out of the ten SDG 4 targets, affects education through five distinct channels, as input, means of delivery, skill, tool for planning, and providing a social and cultural context. Views on the role of technology are, however, divided, while research is challenged by the breakneck speed of technological developments.
With a view to these debates, the 2023 GEM Report examines education challenges (equity and inclusion; quality; system management) to which appropriate use of education technology can offer solutions. The report then explores system-wide conditions (access to technology, governance and regulation, and teacher preparation) that need to be met for education technology to reach its full potential. To support its research, the GEM Report team has also developed country profiles that describe each country’s main laws, policies and programmes on technology, as part of the Profiles Enhancing Education Reviews (PEER) website.
As a complement to the global report and in line with its 2019-2024 strategy, a youth report will examine the opportunities and challenges of education technology for youth, to better serve this audience and promote its recommendations around this key constituency. The GEM Report will partner with Restless Development for the consultation process and preparation of the 2024 Youth Report.
About Restless Development
Restless Development is a non-profit global agency. We support the collective power of young leaders to create a better world. We are independently registered and governed in nine countries (India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe) bound together by our vision for youth power. We are a global team of 214 people based in 13 countries and we also host a growing youth collective of youth organisations in 185 countries. We are committed to creating an agency that paves the way on youth-led change and walks the talk on power shifting.
II. Work and Objectives
The work will focus on the organisation of a regional consultation to inform the development of the 2024 Youth Report on technology in education. The regional consultation will bring together youth leaders, youth organizations, student associations and other stakeholders working on technology in education in the region to collect evidence and thoughts on the role of technology in education in a specific region, with a specific emphasis on appropriateness and equity.
The organisation of the regional consultation will entail:
- Attending a half-a-day workshop to understand the Regional Consultation methodology animated by Restless Development scheduled for Mid November
- Adapt the shared methodology to the regional context in preparation for the regional consultation
- Support the mobilisation of at least 50 participants from the region for the regional consultation
- Identify and brief a rapporteur and at least two co-facilitators to lead break out sessions ahead of the regional consultation, that will support with note taking and co-facilitation
- Organizing and animating an online workshop with youth representatives to collect evidence and examples to inform the development of the 2024 Youth Report
- Preparing a consultation report of 2-pages summarizing the key points discussed during the consultation, as well as sharing all transcribed notes
- Supporting the dissemination of the final youth report across your networks and potentially participating in launch events at national, regional and global levels.
- Engage in a global consultation with other regional leads to consolidate the regional findings into global findings
III. Desired outputs and timeline
The Work shall consist of three outputs:
- Organization of a half day-virtual regional consultation with at least 50 participants from youth networks within the region
- Identification of a rapporteur and two break out room session facilitators to support with facilitation
- A report of 2 pages written in English structured as follows:
- Executive summary
- Main Findings
- Quote (from young person)
The selected individual expert or organisation shall submit to the GEM Report team for its approval:
- A tailored regional research consultation strategy by 15 November
- Organization of the regional consultation by 30 December
- The final draft of the consultation report in English by 15 January
IV. Submission of expression of interest
You would be a good fit for this role if you:
- Are below 35 years;
- Are currently based in Africa , Asia, Europe and North America, MENA, Oceania or Latin and Central America and the Caribbean;
- Are equally comfortable communicating in English and in a major language in your home country or region;
- Are active within civil society spaces – youth activism, community engagement, social movements, etc., particularly digital activism – and/or have demonstrated leadership in your community; and
- Are comfortable working remotely and can access stable internet connection.
*You do not need to have prior research experience to apply. A passion for quality education and research is all that’s required as foundational training will be provided.
For more information or if you have any questions contact email@example.com
How to apply
The GEM Report team hereby invites interested young persons below 35 or youth led/focused community groups, social movements or civil society organizations working on education to contribute to the preparation of case studies to inform the research. The call consists of two parts:
An expression of interest should include:
- A maximum 1-page proposal including:
- Past experience on technology in education in your region
- Material to help assess the strength of your networks
- A proposed methodology for the consultation
- A financial proposal
- full CVs
- only for legal entities: proof of registration as a non-governmental/private organisation including copies of registration certificate(s); please place the proposal on the organisation’s letterhead.
The following are the selection criteria:
- Proven work or research in the proposed area and in the country/region
- Capacity of the organisation or individual to implement the assignment
- Capacity to draft a consultation report in English
The proposed timeline for reviewing and providing feedback to the submitted contributions is:
- 18 October 2023: Publication of call for expressions of interest
- 8 November 2023: Deadline to submit expressions of interest
- 10 November 2023: Finalization of review of submissions
- 13 November 2023: Notification of outcome and beginning of negotiation for contracting
Commissioning will take place in November 2023 and the regional consultations and consultation reports are expected to be completed by January 2024
Please send your expression of interest in English, French or Spanish by 8 November 2023 (midnight Central European time) along with the attachments in one PDF file to Ms Laura Stipanovic (firstname.lastname@example.org), using the subject line EOI 2024 Youth Report Please also specify in your proposal if you are applying as an individual or an entity.
Any requests for additional information should be addressed in writing by 3 November 2023 at the latest to (email@example.com.
Participation to this expression of interest does not guarantee that the organisation or individual expert will be ultimately selected.
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