A new group of education experts is constituted to advise the education ministries worldwide. The group named as “Atlantis Group” will comprise of 20 former education ministers and heads of states. The group was launched in Dubai at the Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) 2017.
Members of the global group include Arne Duncan, former United States Secretary of Education under President Obama, former United Kingdom Education Secretary Michael Gove, former Greek President George Papandreou, former Lebanese Minister Elias Bou Saab, and former Peruvian Minister and incoming Head of the World Bank Education team, Jaime Saveedra.
The group will act as an advisory body to the ministries and departments that are dealing with issues related to education in their respective country. Views and recommendations of the group members will help the countries to improve their education practices.
Irina Bokova (Director-General, UNESCO), Andreas Schleicher (Director of Education and Skills, OECD), and Professor Fernando Reimers (Faculty Director, International Education Policy at Harvard University) will be the advisors of the group.
Initially, the group will work on future of education leadership at all levels, including the political leadership.