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 violations 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 bringing a new subject into schools, from the Early Years, when the child’s personality and moral framework is still developing. We must ensure 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 mind set.
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, value-based, 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 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
THINK EQUAL is a clear strategy for investing in people, in synergy with the UN Secretary- General’s report ‘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.
Founder & CEO
MERYL STREEP Award-winning actress & Activist
LORD RUMI VERJEE Chairman of Free the Children UK, Co-Chairman of We Day UK
DR MARC BRACKETT Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
DEBORAH LINDHOLM Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women
PRESIDENT JOYCE BANDA Malawi’s first female president, former Foreign Minster & Minister of Child Welfare
JON SNYDER 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
MARY GORDON 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.
TAZEEN HASSAN 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.
VALERIE LOVEGREEN Speech and Language Pathologist, Certified Trainer for the Feuerstein Institute
TANYA BARRON CEO, Plan UK
BRÍAN Ó MAOILEOIN Principal at United World College of South East Asia, Singapore, Advisory Board member of Common Ground Collaborative.
CARLOS TORRES UNESCO Chair in Global Learning & Citizenship Education. Professor of Education at the UCLA Graduate School
YUWEI XU Expert in qualitative research methodology, statistical research, and quantitative method tools. Teacher, Early Childhood sector.
BARBARA ISAACS 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