Welcome to the Learning Generation Initiative.

Learning for all children within a generation.

The Learning Generation Initiative is dedicated to transforming education systems, ensuring all children have access to quality learning within a generation.

© Bill Wegener

Discover THE Learning Generation Initiative

The Learning Generation Initiative (LGI), formerly the Education Commission, is a global initiative encouraging greater progress on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education—ensuring inclusive and quality education and promoting lifelong learning for all.

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defining our purpose

Our Vision

All children and youth are in school and learning the skills they need to be successful in work and life

Our Mission

To empower the people within and connected to education systems to enable all children to be learning within a generation

To achieve our vision and mission, we implement a threefold interactive and iterative approach to change:

Analyze

Conduct pragmatic and independent research and analysis to understand barriers to progress and what works, translate it for policymakers, and create tools and knowledge products.

Act

Working alongside governments and national partners, we hold policy dialogues, co-design, test, and evaluate innovative solutions, develop action plans and link them to opportunities for implementation and scale.

Amplify

With the support of champions, we raise the profile of key issues and evidence-based solutions, engage in global fora and collaborate and convene to drive collective action.

fACT

Over half (68%) of the world’s youth are not on track to learn basic secondary level skills by 2030.

– The 2030 Skills Scorecard, Global Business Coalition For Education and The Education Commission

Research & resources

Explore our portfolio of work to date. See below for a small sample of flagship reports or click to be taken to the full list of resources.

Deliberate Disruptors: Can Delivery Approaches Deliver Better Education Outcomes

This report builds on the DeliverEd research in Ghana, Pakistan, Jordan, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania that sheds light on the effectiveness of delivery approaches for improving policy implementation. It proposes a framework for policymakers to consider when determining whether and how to launch, learn from, and scale and sustain delivery approaches.

Rewiring Education for People and Planet

This report outlines the need to work together with new and unlikely allies, other than education actors alone, to reimagine how our interconnected systems—health, education, economic development, and the protection of our planet—can work toward Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education and beyond.

Save Our Future: Averting an Education Catastrophe for the World’s Children

Save Our Future, a global coalition, rallied diverse voices amid the COVID-19 pandemic and developed this white paper that created a common narrative around the impact of COVID-19 on education and key actions needed to protect education.

Transforming the Education Workforce: Learning Teams for a Learning Generation

Transforming the Education Workforce lays out three evidence-based visions for strengthening the education workforce, creating more collaborative learning teams, and transforming education systems into learning systems.

Our Champions

A unique part of LGI’s offering is our network of champions who support and further our cause through advocacy, leadership partnerships, and action. By engaging with these experts, LGI aims to ensure that our agenda is continually evolving, holding ourselves accountable to our peers, generating political momentum at multiple levels, and influencing action by international organizations. We are delighted to work with this esteemed group.

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OUR team

Meet The Team

Amy Bellinger

Director of Programs

(UK)

Amy is Director of Programs for the Learning Generation Initiative (LGI) and led the team’s transition from the Education Commission to LGI. She now leads the LGI team and the development and implementation of LGI’s strategy. Amy established the Education Workforce and High Touch High Tech Initiatives and now oversees the Education Workforce, System Delivery and School Health and Nutrition transformations. In this role, she oversees research and flagship reports, works directly with country governments and national partners, and forms strategic partnerships and collaborations that aim to improve learning for all.

Amy has over 15 years of experience in international education and was previously a consultant for UK FCDO and Results for Development, Head of International Education at Ark, and Deputy Chief Executive of Future Leaders, a UK-focused school leadership organization.

Amy’s previous career was as a management consultant for Deloitte, IBM, and PwC where she led global change management programmes. She has a BA Hons degree in Geography with European Study from Exeter University and is based in Bristol, UK.

Contact Amy: abellinger@edc.org

Deborah Kimathi

Education Workforce Lead

(Kenya)

Deborah Kimathi is Project Director for the Education Workforce Initiative (EWI), and is tasked with oversight of programs, research, country work and strategic communications, as well as the establishment and management of partnerships that will enable growth and impact.

With over 22 years of experience as a senior development professional, Kimathi’s career has included founding, catalyzing, and driving growth through strategic partnerships in impactful development organizations at a local, national and regional level in East Africa. Kimathi’s expertise lies in education workforce, school leadership, teacher professional development, instructional coaching, and behavior change for education systems transformation. Previous roles include CEO and senior leadership roles at Dignitas, RELI Africa, and Raising Futures Kenya.

Kimathi has a BD (Hons) from the University of Glasgow, and a MA in Education and International Development from Institute of Education, University College London.

Contact Deborah: dkimathi@edc.org

Katie Godwin

Education Workforce Research Lead

(Spain/ US)

Katie leads the Education Workforce Initiative’s research agenda and activities. Katie is from the United States and currently based in Madrid, Spain, working as a consultant in global education research and policy. She oversees the Education Workforce Initiative’s research agenda and activities. She led development of EWI’s flagship report, Transforming the Education Workforce, and also supports EWI’s in-country work to develop education workforce reform options with Ghana, Sierra Leone and Vietnam. Previously, Katie worked in Nashville, Tennessee leading immigrant and refugee education services with non-governmental organizations.

Katie graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Russian. She holds a Masters of Education degree in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and completed Columbia Law School’s graduate program at the Center for Public Research and Leadership.

Contact Katie: kgodwin@edc.org

Sam Awuku

Education Workforce Head of Country Engagement

(Ghana/ UK)

Dr. Sam Awuku is the Head of Country Engagement for the Education Workforce Initiative and previously the Project Lead of the Education Commission’s Innovative Pedagogies Project (IPP). He brings over 30 years of experience in education and development across sub-Saharan Africa, the UK, and Poland. Advising Ghana’s Ministry of Education since 2015 through T-TEL, he provides strategic guidance on curriculum, policy, school improvement, technology use for teaching and learning, school leadership, and partnerships. Previously, as Global Director for the Centre for Development and Public Engagement at AIMS-NEI Foundation, Sam spearheaded the establishment of AIMS centers in Tanzania and Rwanda. He also co-founded TeachAid Consulting Ltd., offering strategic services to organizations like Education Development Trust, VVOB, Chemonics International, RTI International, ImpactEd International and Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

Sam was the Board President for the Ghana Society for Education Technology and a government nominee on the Council of the University of Cape Coast and Ghana Communication Technology University.  Sam is a Fellow of the College of Teachers, UK and a Member of the Institute of Directors, UK. He holds a teachers’ certificate, BA (Hons) in Social Science, MA in Inclusive Education, MBA, MA in Education Programme, and Ph.D. in Education Technology and Development Policy from the UCL Institute of Education, UK.

Contact Sam: sawuku@edc.org

Emma Cameron

Research Associate

(US)

Emma is an education specialist with over seven years of international development experience in research, policy design, and teaching. Her work focuses mainly on early childhood development, teacher professional development, and girls’ education, and she has field experience in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a current consultant for LGI, the Center for Global Development, and the World Bank.

Previously, she was a secondary teacher in Rwanda for two years as part of the Peace Corps and a primary teacher for two years in the US and Tanzania. Emma holds a Master’s in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s in Education and Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa from Middlebury College.

Contact Emma: ecameron@edc.org

Charry Lee

Project Analyst

(US)

Charry is the Program Analyst based in Washington, DC. She provides project management for the What Works Hub for Global Education project as well as for the Systems Delivery and the Education Workforce transformations. Prior to joining the LGI, Charry was a Researcher for the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and a Project Coordinator for the Bridge International, where she managed multiple international grants supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Charry graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education and holds a Masters of Education degree in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Contact Charry: clee@edc.org

Neelofar Javaid

Senior Adviser System Delivery

(Pakistan)

Neelofar is a Senior Adviser for LGI’s systems delivery transformation which follows on from the Commission’s DeliverEd Initiative. Neelofar brings over two decades of impactful experience in education and development, with a proven track record of driving positive change in diverse settings. She has spearheaded numerous successful projects and initiatives, working with organizations such as the Education Commission, Education Development Centre (EDC), UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and multiple government, private sector, civil society, and development partners in various education-related contexts.

With expertise in policy analysis, institutional reforms, and strategic relationship-building, Neelofar has played a pivotal role in enacting structural changes across education systems. Her work has focused on improving learning outcomes for all children, with a particular emphasis on marginalized communities, including girls and out-of-school children.

Drawing from her country experiences in Pakistan, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Jordan, Neelofar is deeply committed to the belief that education can transform lives. Her future aspirations revolve around building resilient education systems, enhancing policy implementation, and ensuring equitable access to quality education for every child.

Contact Neelofar: njavaid@edc.org

Katherine Kullman

Associate Project Director for School Health and Nutrition

(US)

Katherine Kullman is the Associate Project Director for School Health and Nutrition at the Learning Generation Initiative at EDC and is based in Washington, DC. In this role she manages the work of the Sustainable Financing Initiative (SFI) for School Health and Nutrition, an initiative under the umbrella of the School Meals Coalition that works with governments and donors to help countries identify multi-year financing opportunities for school feeding programs with a particular focus on low- and lower-middle-income countries.

Prior to joining EDC, Katherine worked as a Project Manager for the Education Commission coordinating multiple programs including school health and nutrition work, the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd), and the Global Education Forum (GEF). Prior to her work in international development, Katherine worked as an Early Childhood Specialist at Briya Public Charter School in Washington, DC, a two-generation education model serving recent immigrants that embraces a comprehensive approach to care to enact social change. She most recently worked at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates helping to lead local and international foundation relations.

Katherine served with AmeriCorps in Washington, DC from 2011-2012 and served as an At-Large Board Member for AmeriCorps Alums DC for 2023. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Bath.

Contact Katherine: kkullman@edc.org

Kevin Watkins

SFI Research Lead and Advisor

(UK)

Kevin leads SFI’s research and analysis work, publishing major reports and influencing global work on investing in school meals. Kevin is currently a visiting Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics. He was CEO of Save the Children UK from 2016 to 2021, having previously led the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Kevin worked for seven years in the United Nations, first as lead head of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, where he was lead author of flagship reports on climate change, water and sanitation, and inequality, and then as Director of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report.

Prior to working at the UN Kevin worked at Oxfam GB, where he was head of research. He has authored a number of books, reports, and articles on development issues, including education, international trade, and public health, and is a regular commentator in the media.

Kevin has held visiting positions at the Washington-based Brookings Institution and the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University. He holds a D.Phil in modern Indian history from Oxford University.

Hélène Gourichon

SFI Public Finance Expert

(France)

Helene leads SFI’s country work, engaging with countries to develop sustainable financing strategies for school meals. Hélène Gourichon, a French national, is a Food System Policy Specialist. She has ten years of experience in food and agriculture policy, including five years leading food policy for a local authority in Scotland and five years working at the FAO where she supported African governments with analysis and formulation of food and agriculture policies including analysis of public finance.

Hélène holds a MSc in Urban Economic Development specializing in Food & City at University College London and a MA in Political Science at Sciences Politique Bordeaux, France.

Contact Hélène: hgourichon@edc.org

Oxcence Nyalundja

SFI Country Coordinator

(DRC)

Oxcence Nyalundja Esther is the Country Co-ordinator for the Sustainable Financing Initiative for School Health. She is also an international technical advisor at EDC.

Prior to joining the LGI, Oxcence worked 7 years in managing humanitarian programs for EDC with USAID, MasterCard Foundation and the World Bank in crises environments including liaising with key community stakeholders and government representatives, facilitating youth-led local labor market assessments, designing gender equity and social inclusion activities, strengthening the capacity of schools and local organizations, supporting the process of socio-professional integration, livelihood development, entrepreneurship, strengthening private sector engagement and working in the green economy.

This work concentrated on highly vulnerable populations, including working with adolescent girls and women, refugee and displaced communities and vulnerable host populations in RDC, South Sudan and Senegal.

Oxcence holds a Masters degree in Economics and Management Sciences and a Masters degree in Development Studies.

Contact Oxcence: onyalundja@edc.org

Katie Rose Cuthbert

Communications Project Manager

(UAE/ UK)

Katie supports the LGI on comms and events. She is currently based in the UAE, with ten years of experience working in communications across the MENA region.

Katie has extensive experience working with high-level government departments on strategy, communications, and events. Prior to joining the Commission, she was a senior project manager working with the Prime Minister of Dubai’s Office and their Food Security Initiative, Smart Dubai and the city’s digital transformation, and Expo 2020 Dubai.

Contact Katie: kcuthbert@edc.org

latest updates

Our recent research, publications and announcements.

Read our first Learning Generation Initiative newsletter outlining our refreshed strategy and giving an update on our work since joining EDC

We’re pleased to share our strategy as we begin our journey as the Learning Generation Initiative and look to the future together.