Today, more than 59 million primary school-age children around the world are out of school and at least 250 million children in this age group are not learning basic skills. Girls represent over half of the children who are not enrolled in school. An additional 69 million teenagers are not attending secondary school, missing out on vital basic skills needed for future employment.
The Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) brings the business community together to accelerate progress in delivering quality education for all of the world’s children and youth. We believe that education is the birthright of every child and the key to expanded opportunity and future employment. For companies, investing in education promotes economic growth, leads to more stable societies, fosters healthy communities and makes it easier to do business. Education spurs innovation and increases the skills of employees, the income potential of consumers and the prosperity of communities where business operates.
GBC-Education’s assets include the voice, capabilities, resources and innovations of our leaders and member companies. In the first year of operation, 20 of the world’s most influential companies joined the Coalition, and we are expanding significantly. Our members believe that their influence, core business, social responsibility, strategic investments, thought leadership and philanthropy – when used in collaboration with peer companies, government, nonprofit and the educational community – are powerful tools to increase the number of children and youth who are in school and learning.
By joining us, companies become part of a global movement of businesses committed to changing children’s lives through education.
A business-led, action-oriented organization, GBC-Education focuses on four core functions: Connect, Cooperate, Showcase and Discover.
- CONNECT: While many companies already engage in education through philanthropic or social investment programs, these actions require coordination to have greater impact. GBC-Education’s forum increases companies’ effectiveness by creating “members-only” spaces for company leaders to connect and identify cutting-edge opportunities for collaboration. We work with our members to leverage economies of scale.
- COOPERATE: In addition to connecting companies, we create avenues for cooperation with governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations and civil society organizations. We connect members with high-level policymakers to advocate for quality education and learning and expose companies to the latest initiatives being spearheaded by education organizations around the world.
- SHOWCASE: We show that business is an active partner in educating the world’s children and youth. GBC-Education highlights its members’ work and their thought leadership to large international audiences to communicate the importance of getting involved in education and to inspire others to action.
- DISCOVER: We facilitate research projects that identify opportunities for effective investments in education and establish best practices to guide corporate efforts, seeking to bring real educational outcomes for children and youth.
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