THINK EQUAL calls for a system change in education to end the discriminatory mind set and cycle of violence across our world. We believe there is a missing subject in school curricula. We ask governments to adopt our curriculum and its tangible tools mediating all aspects of experiential social and emotional learning. We ask them to mandate this as a new subject onto the compulsory curriculum of world schools from the earliest years when, according to neuroscientists, the child is cognitively modifiable.
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.
Award-winning Actress & Activist
HON. MINISTER UNITY DOW
Minister of Education of Botswana
SIR KEN ROBINSON, Ph.D.
International Advisor and Expert on Creative Education
Founder at indrani’s Light Foundation
DR MARC BRACKETT
Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Founder, CEO and President of Tameer Micro Finance Bank
LORD RUMI VERJEE
Chairman of Free the Children UK, Co-Chairman of We Day UK
Founder & President of the Roots of Empathy organization
PRESIDENT JOYCE BANDA
Malawi’s First Female President,
Former Foreign Minster & Minister of Child Welfare
Co-Founder, GMSP Foundation
Social entrepreneur, Founder WTO
LAURA GIADOROU KOCH
CEO Dolium Bodega Subterranea
Dr. URVASHI SAHNI
Founder of the Study Hall Educational Foundation, Brookings Institution fellow, member of Hillary Clinton’s CHARGE commitment.
Dr ROBIN STERN
Ph.D Associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Speech and Language Pathologist, Certified Trainer for the Feuerstein Institute
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.
Dr SHEILA WAMAHIU
Founding Chair, Women Educational Researchers of Kenya.
Chief Education Officer for the Montessori St Nicholas Charity and Montessori Centre International, UK
CEO, Plan UK