UN SDG 4 Quality Education next steps


2020 saw the launch of our series of online Community Conversations to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals locally to show how our work enables us to ‘think global and act local.' Our focus in April has been on UNSDG 4: Quality Education. We had an insightful and meaningful discussion with donors and the community groups we fund on their behalf, bringing people together to discuss local solutions.

We got to hear from a range of local practitioners on their work, challenges and approaches in supporting quality education across Northamptonshire. This included the work and contributions from Northampton Town Football in the Community, The Eloquent Fold, donor and supporter Mo Shapiro and education bursary fundholder Caroline Brocklehurst DL. We heard from our donors, friends and trustees on the challenges of addressing and achieving quality education, urgent priorities and the importance of the role of the foundation in providing funds as a place-based grant maker to community groups and charities which are on the frontline of working with residents who need local support to achieve quality education.

Each Community Conversation will provide an opportunity to come up with an initial action plan to improve activity and work in helping achieve each UN SDG by 2030. You spoke and we listened. As a result, these are the next actions we will be taking to support work on achieving quality education locally. This is our commitment to you.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation commits to the following actions to help achieve UN SDG 4: Quality Education in Northamptonshire:

Developing digital skills for all: we will work with donors and partners to direct funding towards projects that support digital inclusion and tackle digital exclusion and digital poverty to maximise everyone’s access to education and lifelong learning.

Additional learning opportunities such as Summer Schools: we will commit to supporting a call for projects that provide added value learning opportunity outside of school to support inclusive learning and support especially for children and young people whose learning has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Intergenerational learning opportunities: we will commit to funding projects that support intergenerational learning opportunities in order to nurture connection and community across all ages, to help promote positive attitudes towards ageing and older people and younger people, to provide role models and mentorship and grow community learning environments that build a sense of belonging and understanding across generations.

Incorporation of wellbeing, resilience and confidence building within education: we recognise the importance of emotional and mental wellbeing, personal resilience and confidence to support education and lifelong learning. We will therefore work with donors, partners and funded projects to promote wellbeing in learning settings.

 

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