In response to the ongoing impact of Covid, the Global Online Learning Alliance (GOLA) was created by Brains Global CEO, John Glassey. To spread the mission, Brains Global invited non-commercial organising partners to join the Alliance (listed below). The foundational principle is that now is the time for people to come together and share their common cause with non-bias integrity for the good of education systems around the world. With operations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, LATAM and North America the purpose of GOLA is to bring together policy makers and educators. We hold regular online meetings with senior government officials for education & ICT, multilateral agencies, civil society, schools, and universities in a safe format, as education systems worldwide face the biggest challenges and disruptions in modern times. GOLA does not allow for any private sector bias. We allow a select number of industry partners to co-host meetings once carrying out the necessary due diligence and the Alliance will not allow for any preferential agreement with one private sector operator in favour of another. GOLA brings together the world’s education community in a productive and collaborative manner so that everyone can share the challenges that lie ahead. Please take time to explore our site to see previous meetings, upcoming meetings, copies of presentations and of course, please download previous reports from these meetings.
Online Video Meetings
The private, invitation-only, video meetings we hold involve keynote opening presentations followed by small break-out groups so that everyone in the meeting has their voice to share ideas, knowledge, and experiences. These are NOT webinars but are a constructive and secure place for officials from around the world to collaborate and make genuine policy recommendations. We disseminate these into a post-meeting report, operating a form of electronic Chatham House rule, whereby no quote is attributed to any individual who speaks in the break-out groups. This protocol of providing a secure platform has led to over 85 countries participating in the last 12 meetings and as well as being productive and engaging has proven highly enjoyable for all those who form part of the growing Brains family. Please see our upcoming meetings section.
What Have We Learnt?
The GOLA meetings have revealed deep concerns exposed by COVID. Please download previous reports to hear how policy makers are now re-thinking their education ecosystems in terms of national resilience.
We regularly organise GOLA meetings both worldwide and regional. The success and security of the format has proved highly productive and we are here to support both governments and industry in your own efforts. Given ongoing restrictions, Ministries of Education are now assessing the best ways to deliver services online such as teacher training. Equally education industry leaders are looking at new methods for engaging and working with their governmental and development partners. GOLA can do this for you. Please contact us for further discussion.
The Changing Education Landscape
ICT infrastructures, teaching capacity, the assessment conundrum, online safeguarding, curriculum reform and the need to embed blended learning are all key touch-points and all efforts are being made to ensure that the best practices and pedagogies prepare young people for the future. Join our upcoming meetings to be part of the discussion.
Over 85 countries
Adapting to the new normal
Stimulating, Secure Conversations
Officials sharing knowledge for the first time
Post-meeting reports available to all
Specially prepared for each GOLA meeting
High-Level Officials & Champions of Education
Senior governmental and inter-governmental leaders