According to Professor Prachi Srivastava there is an ongoing trend in which the private sector is increasingly seen as a source for financing education. These ideas are spreading rapidly and are impacting public education systems in poor and rich countries over the world. The global education market is estimated to reach $USD 10 trillion by 2030. What does this mean for the way we educate our children and in what way is this trend visible in the Dutch school system? Together with politicians and researchers we discuss whether our education system is increasingly privatized and what can be done to prevent this from happening.
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- Prachi Srivastava is tenured Associate Professor in the area of education and international development, University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is also Adjunct Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Global Studies, Huron College, and Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex. She is a Member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement. Dr. Srivastava is recognised for coining the term, ‘low-fee private schooling’. Her research interests include: private sector engagement in education in the Global South; global philanthropy and impact investment; private schooling and education privatisation; silent exclusion in/from education; and global education policy and the right to education. Her work has been featured in media outlets, including, The Economist, The Guardian, Vrij Nederland, CBC Radio-Canada. Dr. Srivastava has provided research evidence in Westminster to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, the European Commission, Global Affairs Canada, JICA, UNESCO, World Bank. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.
- Jelmer Evers is a history teacher, executive board member of the general education union – Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb) and author. He was a teacher fellow at Education International. He was nominated for the Global Teacher Prize 2015 and 2016. In 2013 he edited an influential book called Het Alternatief: weg met de afrekencultuur in het onderwijs (The Alternative). In July 2015 a new international version of The Alternative called Flip the System: changing education from the ground up was presented at Education International’s World Congress in Ottawa. Since then it has been widely read by international leaders, teachers and researchers and has started a bottom-up movement. In 2018 Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: standing at the precipice was published with several Global Teacherprize colleagues. In 2019 he cowrote the book On Education & Democracy; 25 Lessons from the Teaching Profession
- Marjolein Moorman is Amsterdam’s deputy-mayor for Education, Poverty, and Civic Integration. She holds this position on behalf of the PvdA. As deputy-mayor she aims to invest more in education for vulnerable children and made agreements to invest 11,4 million euro in altering the structural ways in which the current schooling system creates segregation and hinders fair opportunities for all children.
- Thijs Roovers is a primary school teacher at the Leonardo Da Vincischool in Amsterdam. Furthermore, Roovers is one of the initiators of the Meetup020, a grassroots initiative that organizes meetings by and for teachers in Amsterdam in order to discuss the pressing issues in education. He is also co-initiator of the action group PO in Action, which fights for a better salary and less work pressure in primary education.