The German national launch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report took place online on 22 September. The event was co-hosted by the German National Commission for UNESCO, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Around 350 delegates virtually attended the launch which presented the 2020 GEM Report. The Agency contributed to the drafting of the 2020 Report, which has a theme of Inclusion and Education. After opening remarks by the Secretaries of State from the three German ministries, the Director of the GEM Report, Manos Antoninis, presented the report and its findings. The President of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder, Stefanie Hubig, then described inclusive education in the German education system.
A panel discussion explored the findings of the Report and debated inclusion and education in Germany. The panel included Agency representative Verity Donnelly, who talked about the importance of schools becoming more flexible learning environments that meet the needs of all learners. She also highlighted examples of Agency work that reinforce the key messages in the GEM Report, such as from the Changing Role of Specialist Provision, Raising Achievement and Organisation of Provision projects.
Read the press release (in German) for more information on the German launch event. The UNESCO GEM Report events calendar has details of future national launch events. For information about the GEM Report itself, visit the UNESCO GEM Report website.