Dr. Margo O’Sullivan is a seasoned education and development practitioner and manager, with 33 years’ experience with expertise in a wide variety of areas in Education, such as teaching and learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Teacher Education, ECD, Education Innovation… with extensive insights and understanding of education and development, Margo has contributed to improving the most disadvantaged children’s lives through education by working with NGOs, bilateral and multi-lateral organisations, Ministries of Education, universities, and schools in 13 countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa and Europe. Her passion for and commitment to education and the difference it can make to the most disadvantaged children’s lives was ignited during her first job as a primary teacher 33 years ago in a disadvantaged school in Ireland.
She regularly presents, including keynote addresses, at international conferences and has also published widely in internationally renowned journals, especially in the area of teaching and learning and the critical role of teachers. She is a big advocate for the key role that teachers play in quality education and children’s learning and is currently setting up the charity ‘Power Teachers Africa’, with some profits from EADS being used to support it.
She has led big Education teams and managed numerous large education projects and programmes, especially in the last ten years when she was Head of Education for UNICEF China and Uganda. Some key achievements over her career include: setting up the Quality Assurance Office and the Teaching and Learning Unit while Associate Vice-President at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, in 2005/2006; involved in setting up the first B.Ed. degree for women in the United Arab Emirates in 2000; influencing the earmarking of some of the 100million GPE funds for Uganda to support ECD 3-6; Spearheading MoE focus on addressing Violence against Children in Schools in Uganda; Spearheaded the introduction of faith-based supported community ECD centres in Uganda, taken on board nationally by MoE in 2017; in 2016, Co-led the UN China Youth group and led the UN China’s most successful advocacy activity ever, “#Imagine 2030” to raise awareness of SDGs, which received 700 million hits; in 2017 engaged and worked with UNICEF’s most successful education advocate ever, Wang Yuan, a 16 year old boy-band member, who was voted one of Time magazines’ to 30 most influential youth in 2017; UNICEF Uganda and China’s Child friendly school standards incorporated into Ministry of Education’s (MoE) national school standards in both countries; the roving school-based teacher training approach included in the national MoE rural teacher training plan in China to impact 3.3 million rural teachers by 2020.