Global Education

The NEXUS Lab on Global Education launched in 2016 with the goal of mobilizing NEXUS membership to advance innovations in the field of education from around the world that increase quality, ensure equal opportunities for all and contribute to sustainable development. The Lab on Global Education is chaired by Leslie Falconer.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 
— Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013, South African President, philanthropist

Even before a child is born, the educational journey begins and is impacted by a myriad of influencing factors. As a result, to impact systemic change within the field of education, it is critical to consider the interconnectedness of education within other global issues such as economic disparity, access to healthcare and nutrition, human rights, criminal justice systems, evolving family systems, and environmental contaminants which all contribute to one’s social-emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Education is the force that can either transform society toward greater equity, tolerance and compassion or it can perpetuate harmful social norms. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education” — Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968, pastor, activist, humanitarian

Mission Statement
The NEXUS Lab on Global Education will be a platform for our community to explore and collaborate on forward thinking ideas revolutionizing the field of education from cradle to career. Our goal is to spark collaborations amongst professionals, researchers, innovators, funders and investors to empower education reform that embraces cultural diversity, advances the sustainable development goals and ultimately, increases education equity, quality and promotes a culture of peace, and global citizenship.

The Lab on Global Education will serve as forum for members of the NEXUS network who seek to learn more about innovation in education, exchange ideas and make connections through events or information.

  • NEXUS global education discussion forums
  • Salon discussion series investigating the cross-sector role of education in sustainable development, innovation, and social change.
  • Discounts to education conferences and networking events and speaking opportunities for its members
  • Meetings/calls with leading thinkers in the field of education including emerging models, technologies, research and strategies for reform.

Links and Information
To learn more about the NEXUS Lab on Education, please contact

How do you define education?
Quotes to Inspire:

The object of education is to teach us to love beauty. –Plato, 424- 348 BC, philosopher mathematician

Education is freedom. – Paulo Freire, 1921-1997, Brazilian educator, philosopher

Education is not preparation for life; it is life itself. – John Dewey 1859 – 1952, philosopher, psychologist, education reformer

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. ‘Malcolm X 1925-1965, minister and human rights activist

Education is like a lantern which lights your way in a dark alley. – Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1918 – 2004

When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. – Dalai Lama

“…the potential of education is enormous. Not only can it inform people, it can change them. It is not only a means for personal enlightenment, but also for cultural renewal… Education increases the capacities of people to transform their visions of society into operational realities. It is for this reason that education is the primary agent of transformation…” Educating for a Sustainable Future: A Transdisciplinary Vision for Concerted Action (UNESCO, 1997), p.36.