Our Mission

Brains Global launched the Global Online Learning Alliance (GOLA) as a safe and productive place for government officials, multilateral agencies and civil society to produce policy recommendations is response to COVID-19 and the consequences it has for education in both the immediate term for continuity and the long-term for sustainability. Our organising partners from Catalyst, Millennium@EDU and Radix Education spread the reach of GOLA worldwide with a team long experienced in championing innovation in education and ICT.

Our video conferences provide a constructive and secure place for officials from around the world to collaborate and make genuine policy recommendations. With an unprecedented number of school closures in recent times and an overwhelming burden of new challenges, we are bringing the world’s education community together as part of the Global Online Learning Alliance. Please find more details of our video conferences below, which with the need for holistic engagement with solution providers allows limited yet essential participation of best in class industry partners.


Online Video Conferences

We host private video conferences for education & ICT officials in a unique format that is based around small private break-out rooms for governments & agencies to share their experiences and ideas. These are NOT webinars. The first private video conference at the beginning of April was a listening exercise to hear the immediate challenges faced by governments and the purpose of the second video conference was about how to address these challenges. 75 countries have now participated and the same common themes around teaching, pedagogy & assessment, ICTs, digital learning & delivery of content, and planning, policy & collaboration have emerged the world over.

Please take the time to download the reports (below) which are a succinct dissemination of the conference transcriptions. Our policy is summarise the key issues and recommendations but none of the quotes or what is said in the video conference is made attributable to any one person.

The upcoming conference schedule in June and July includes the global events and regional meetings also – all committed to producing policy advocacy from the dedicated working groups.

For further details please contact us at gola@brains.global

GOLA video conferences are built around a special format of ensuring that all government & international officials participate in dedicated working groups to produce guidelines and policy recommendations.



Wednesday 24th June (14:00 GMT)

“Teaching, Pedagogy & Assessment – Actions & Policy Recommendations”

Opening: Andria Zafirakou, 2018 World Teacher of the Year

Thursday 9th July (14:00 GMT)

“Policy, Planning, Financing & Collaboration”

Opening: Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education & Skills, OECD

Thursday 30th July (14:00 GMT)

“ICTs & Digital Learning – Improving Access & Management”


Thursday 2nd  April 2020

“Global School Closures – Meeting the Challenges for Educators”

Tuesday 28th April 2020

“Practical ICT for Education Policies:
Short-Term Solutions & Long-Term Frameworks”

For further details on previous & upcoming
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Wednesday 1st July (10:00 GMT)

“Accelerated Recovery: Improving Outcomes with Blended Learning”

In Partnership with Whizz Education

Opening Statements:

Dr Julius Jwan
Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, Republic of Kenya

Raïssa Malu
Head of Technical Support, PEQPESU, World Bank, DRC


Wednesday 17th June (10:00 GMT)

“School Re-Openings & Policies for Resilient Education, Post COVID-19”

In Partnership with Cambridge
Opening Statements:

Rt Hon Charles Clarke
Former UK Secretary of State for Education

Hon Abdulla Rasheed
Minister of State for Education, Maldives

We are also providing further detailed insight into the practicalities of delivering online content and ensuring continuous education using e-learning technologies in the next edition of the Brains Education Report If you wish to contribute to the Brains Education Report or you wish for your company to have a special feature on the services you are offering then please email ber@brains.global

GOLA! Principles

To bring together government and industry to enact polices and deliver technologies & content for online education

Education for all – improve accessibility and the quality of education using e-learning tools​

To respond to the urgent needs of policy makers in providing solutions to the challenges they face during prolonged periods of school and university closures

Organising Partners