Photography by Bran Symondson
THINK EQUAL works towards a world in which children of all genders, ethnicities, religions and other backgrounds have optimal opportunities to develop their full potential, have their views respected, respect one another, live free of discrimination and violence, become youth leaders, and active participants of a free and equal world.
A pervasive, discriminatory mindset is the root cause of human rights violation across our world. We can only break the cycles of violence, negative stereotypes and prejudicial judgements, if we invest in encouraging values, empathy and respect for the dignity and equality of others.
Our purpose is to add social and emotional learning as a compulsory component of education curricula around the world, starting from the first day of every child’s formal education. We aim for a system change in education by bring a new subject into schools, from the Early Years, when the child’s personality and moral framework is still developing, ensuring that our children’s hearts are educated, and not just their heads.
Education – and equal access to it – is a long-standing goal of the UN and a number of progressive governments across the world. THINK EQUAL is not an attempt to address the issue of access to education, rather it is concerned with contents and quality of education, in pursuance of changing a dominant mindset. THINK EQUAL is a global initiative, which constructs and delivers an equality studies curriculum, that is as fundamental as literacy and numeracy. We must commit to a holistic approach to education, which will result in a new generation of equal thinkers – global citizens – who can rise to the challenges of the 21st century.
THINK EQUAL embraces the latest visionary philosophies on inclusive quality education. We have gathered together a committee of the world’s top experts on education, human rights, gender, psychology and neuroscience.
THINK EQUAL is a revolutionary transformational agenda, which is tangible, sustainable and comprehensive. It is conceived as a model for the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, which meets, head on, 6 of the 13 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
THINK EQUAL is a clear strategy for investing in people, in synergy with the UN Secretary- General’s synthesis report (December 2014) ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030’
THINK EQUAL is a not-for-profit organisation registered in the UK, and a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in the USA.
Help Us Change Education
Founder & CEO
DR MARC BRACKETT
Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Award-winning actress & Activist
LORD RUMI VERJEE
Chairman of Free the Children UK, Co-Chairman of We Day UK
PRESIDENT JOYCE BANDA
Malawi’s first female president, former Foreign Minster & Minister of Child Welfare
Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women
Executive Director of Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
SIR KEN ROBINSON, Ph.D.
International advisor and expert on creative education
HON. MINISTER UNITY DOW
Minister of Education of Botswana
Founder & President of the
Roots of Empathy organization
HON. MINISTER, DR. KHADAR BASHIR-ALI
Minister of Education of Somalia
JO VAN HERWEGEN
Associate professor in child psychology at Kingston University.
Senior Legal Specialist, World Bank, Gender and Development Unit
Hon Minister HARIN FERNANDO
South Asia Ambassador. MP and Cabinet Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure of Sri Lanka.
Dr. URVASHI SAHNI
Founder of the Study Hall Educational Foundation, Brookings Institution fellow, member of Hillary Clinton’s CHARGE commitment.
Dr. GILDA HENRÍQUEZ DARLAS
Founder of EUDE (disciplinary moral psychology), Ashoka Globaliser, Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute at the University of Harvard.
Dr MARYAM HAMEDANI Ph.D
Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University.
Speech and Language Pathologist, Certified Trainer for the Feuerstein Institute
CEO, Plan UK
BRÍAN Ó MAOILEOIN
Principal at United World College of South East Asia, Singapore, Advisory Board member of Common Ground Collaborative.
Expert in qualitative research methodology, statistical research, and quantitative method tools. Teacher, Early Childhood sector.
Chief Education Officer for the Montessori St Nicholas Charity and Montessori Centre International, UK
Dr ROBIN STERN, Ph.D
Associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Board of Trustees & Management
Trustee. Lawyer and Activist.
FRANCINE BATES O.B.E
Trustee. Fellow, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, CEO Lullabye Trust.
Trustee. Lawyer, Founder and Executive Director of iProbono
Programme Director. Film & TV Producer.
Chief of Staff Africa. Senior Research Consultant UNESCO.
Director of Research & Development Executive
Senior Research Executive. Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the KCL Amnesty International Journal
Senior Research Consultant. Desk Officer, Intergovernmental and Non- governmental Organizations at UNESCO
Director of Communications
SONAL SACHDEV PATEL
Head of Global Partnerships
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