Dr Siva Kumari joins international jury for Global Pluralism Award

Director General, Siva Kumari joins the international jury for Global Pluralism Award to help support the educational systems who are facing disruptions during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic; building and encouraging recognition to individuals and organizations internationally within the educational community.

It is estimated that 1.5 billion students have been impacted by school closures around the world due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The pandemic has put a strain on all educational systems all over the world, especially in countries that are least prepared for these kinds of disruptions.

Education is critical to building inclusive societies that are resilient to fear and hate. Schools and educators within the IB community are already helping learners to engage in dialogue that includes multiple perspectives, marginalized viewpoints and different forms of expression to widen practices of inclusion by including critical thinking and inquiry in the classroom. This work needs to be recognized and expanded now more than ever and has become an urgent global challenge that we need to address. 

Education systems, including in our IB World schools, will need to address structural inequality and exclusion, provide equitable access and be more inclusive. We are delighted to announce that our own Director General, Siva Kumari, will be part of the international jury for the Global Pluralism Award; recognizing individuals and organizations whose impactful work is tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversityThe award is presented by the Global Centre for Pluralism, an international research and education centre founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, in partnership with the Government of Canada.  

Educational institutions and educators, such as: administrative staff, curriculum developers and teachers, make an essential contribution to pluralism and deserve recognition for their tireless work. In 2019, the Global Pluralism Award was presented to a group of educators from Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia who are working to provide methodologies and resources for responsible, multi-perspective and inclusive history education in the Balkan region. They created resources and training sessions to help teachers tackle the controversial topic of the 1990's wars in the former Yugoslavia, focusing on individual and personal experiences whilst helping students build empathy and connect across difference.  

The Global Pluralism Award, chaired by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Canadian Prime Minister and the jury includes: Kim Ghattas, Emmy-winning journalist (Lebanon); the Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Canadian Senator (Canada); Ambassador Annika Söder, Chair of the European Institute of Peace (Sweden); Bishop Precious Omuku, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Representative on Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria); and Paula Gaviria, Director of COMPAZ Foundation (Colombia).

For further information, learn more about the 2021 Global Pluralism Award