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ABOUT GCA

#1 multilingual upskilling platform

The Global Childhood Academy (GCA) is a Platform dedicated to enabling upskilling educators and other professionals serving children.

Our mission is to create a global ecosystem, bringing together adult learners with vetted training providers and thought leaders.

To do this, we have designed a platform that brings together stakeholders collectively making a lasting impact on our future societies.

The holistic nature and shared importance of childhood calls for a comprehensive approach that involves all actors across multiple sectors.

(Nurturing Care Framework, World Health Organization).

TEAM MEMBERS

GCA staff and advisory board members

We’re all in this together: Creating a simple solution to a complex challenge.

DR. TARIQ KASHMIRI

DR. TARIQ KASHMIRI

Co-Founder
DR. SAMIA KAZI

DR. SAMIA KAZI

Co-Founder
DR. MANAL SADER

DR. MANAL SADER

MENA ADVISOR
CHELSEA JOHNSON

CHELSEA JOHNSON

SOCIAL MEDIA
MEHEDI HASAN

MEHEDI HASAN

DIGITAL MARKETING
NORMA MINGI

NORMA MINGI

FINANCE ADVISOR
ASHRAF YOUNIS

ASHRAF YOUNIS

Advisory Board Member

DIRECTOR MBC ACTION & MBC 3

ESTHER STEWART

ESTHER STEWART

Advisory Board Member

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

DR. NANCY BROWN

DR. NANCY BROWN

Advisory Board Member

EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT, PAST PROFESSOR, UNITED NATIONS REP

IAN MAKAMARA

IAN MAKAMARA

Advisory Board Member

LAWYER, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

KRITIKKA VISHWANATH

KRITIKKA VISHWANATH

Advisory Board Member

HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

RICHARD BYRNE

RICHARD BYRNE

Advisory Board Member

EDUCATOR AND PRESIDENT AT BYRNE INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA

ROBERT GUNDLING, ED.D.

ROBERT GUNDLING, ED.D.

Advisory Board Member

SENIOR CONSULTANT BETTER FUTURES, LLC

HARRISON A. PETERS

HARRISON A. PETERS

Advisory Board Member

CEO/CO-FOUNDER OF MCEL, FORMER TEACHER, PRINCIPAL, AND SUPERINTENDENT

DR. JEFF MELENDEZ

DR. JEFF MELENDEZ

Advisory Board Member

LEADER OF ZEAL EDUCATION GROUP AND LEAD NEXUS

HASSAH ALDABBAS

HASSAH ALDABBAS

Advisory Board Member

SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF CHILDHOOD MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, KSA

Why do we need a platform that is dedicated to training, credentialing, and upskilling adults working with, caring for, and protecting children?

Why we exist

Meet Noor

In her early years of life (the most critical years), Noor will interact with multiple adults, including, Noor’s caregivers and family, educators, and health professionals.

If Noor suffers from abuse or neglect, there will be interactions with  social workers, law enforcement officers, lawyers, and judges 

There are also groups of adults that will directly or indirectly influence Noor’s life, including:

  • Policy-makers and program managers in ministries of health, nutrition, education, child protection, social protection, finance, and other sectors, at the national and local levels;
  • Local government representatives;
  • Civil society groups;
  • Development partners;
  • Professional associations;
  • Funding initiatives;
  • Radio and newspaper journalists and other media; 

At GCA, we are concerned with the upskilling of these groups. We want to advocate on behalf of children like Noor and make sure that every adult that influences a child’s life is reflecting upon their own role but is also collectively thinking about the importance of the larger complex system of actors.  

We are unique because we are the only online learning platform created with Noor in mind. We know what it means to be child-centered. We believe that we can do this by working together. We know how essential partnerships are, and the importance of sharing resources, and leaning on each other through trusted systems. That’s why we created a platform that serves both learners and training providers.

In her early years of life (the most critical years), Noor will interact with multiple adults, including: 

  • Noor’s caregivers and family 
  • Educators 
  • Health professionals 

If Noor suffers from abuse or neglect, there will be interactions with: 

  • Social workers 
  • Law enforcement officers 
  • Lawyers 
  • Judges 

 

There are also groups of adults that will directly or indirectly influence Noor’s life, including:

  • policy-makers and programme managers in ministries of health, nutrition, education, child protection, social protection, finance, and other sectors, at national and local level;
  • local government representatives, mayors and parliamentarians;
  • civil-society groups;
  • development partners;
  • professional associations;
  • academic institutions, such as training institutes, colleges and universities;
  • funding initiatives, both global and national;
  • private-sector organizations including corporations and social enterprises;
  • local radio and newspaper journalists and other media; 

At GCA, we are concerned with the upskilling and credentialing of these groups. We want to advocate on behalf of children like Noor and make sure that every adult that influences a child’s life is reflecting upon their own role, but is also collectively thinking about the importance of the larger complex system of actors.  

We are unique because we are the only online learning platform created with Noor in mind. We know what it means to be child-centered. We believe that we can do this by working together. We know how essential partnerships are, and we know that it’s important to share resources, to lean on each other through trusted systems. That’s why we created the best platform to serve both our learners and training providers.

Timeline

The story of how we got started on GCA

And our growth plans

2009-2020

Founders trained over 11k educators, social workers, parents, social workers, policy makers, and parents. 

 

March 2020

We watched as tens of thousands of training providers serving children struggled to move their trainings and services online.

The world was not prepared.

Children paid the price.

August 2020

We created an online PLATFORM that supports the professional learning needs of adults in various child serving sectors.

 

2021

  • Welcomed over 781 students.
  • Launched over 150 courses.
  • Partnered with 12 training providers.

2022

  • We partnered with 17 training providers across the world. 
  • Launched 193 courses in 2 languages.
  • We welcomed 3,000 learners.

Our plans for 2023

  • We will continue to partner with global thought leaders and training providers. 
  • We will launch more accredited, vetted, quality learning programs.  

By 2026

  • Welcomed 500,000 learners on our platform. 
  • Partnered with 170 training providers, thought leaders, and regional affiliates.