Global Catholic Education is a volunteer-led project to contribute to Catholic education and integral human development globally with a range of resources. The website went live symbolically on Thanksgiving Day in November 2020 to give thanks for the many blessings we have received. Catholic schools serve 62 million children in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools globally. In addition, more than 6 million students are enrolled at the post-secondary level (data for 2018). The Church also provides many other services to children and families, including in healthcare, social protection, and humanitarian assistance. Our aim is to serve Catholic schools and universities, as well as other organizations contributing to integral human development, with an emphasis on responding to the aspirations of the poor and vulnerable.
Our core partners are the four organizations that federate Catholic education globally:
The International Office of Catholic Education (OIEC in French) federates national Catholic education associations and represents K12 Catholic schools with UN and other international agencies.
The International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC in French) federates Catholic universities globally, providing various services and representing universities with UN and international agencies.
The World Organization of Former Students of Catholic Education (OMAEC in French) federates national, regional, and congregation-based associations of former students of Catholic education.
The World Union of Catholic Teachers (UMEC in French) represents Catholic teachers globally and provides them with various services including training and networking opportunities.
Links to Church Organizations with Leadership in Education
"The duty of a good educator is to love with more intensity his weakest, more disadvantaged students." Pope Francis.
The Global Catholic Education website informs and connects Catholic educators and those interested in integral human development globally. It provides them with data, analysis, opportunities to learn, and other resources to help them fulfill their mission with a particular focus on the preferential option for the poor.
We connect Catholic education to the world, and the world to Catholic education. We bring global knowledge on education and integral human development to Catholic schools, universities, and other organizations by sharing evidence-based good practices emerging from international experience. And we bring to the attention of the international community the work of Catholic schools, universities, and other organizations promoting integral human development, including their approaches to educate the whole person towards fraternal humanism.