Global Business Coalition for Education

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The Potential to Effect Change in Education Can Only Happen in Collaboration with Others

Sarah Brown, President of Theirworld and Executive Chair of GBC-Education, speaking at Theirworld’s International Women’s Day Breakfast, Photo by Getty Images/Theirworld   Eclectic, upbeat and vivacious are some words that would describe the group gathered at the breakfast hosted by Sarah Brown, President of Theirworld and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education), to mark […]

Writer Ebtisam Sakus teaches children at Ceylanpinar refugee camp in Sanliurfa, Turkey, on Feb. 13, 2017.

A 21st-Century Response to the Refugee Education Crisis

Tom Fletcher, Senior Adviser to the Global Business Coalition for Education, outlines the case for a business-led approach to close the education gap in humanitarian response. Ingenious humans have already created some of the most extraordinary technology to allow people to find a date, contact people on the other side of the world and access content. What if we took all that technology and combined it with all that compassion? What if we were ready next time? And what if business led the way? Not with finance, but with practical help – supporting the education effort in the best ways it can. The Global Business Coalition’s Rapid Education Action (REACT) database creates that potential for the first time.

Students participate in class while listing to class teacher at the Sujat Nagar urban slum school in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 11, 2016. Photo: © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

GBC-Education Celebrates Members’ Contributions to Girls’ Education on International Women’s Day

Today across the globe, International Women’s Day celebrations are drawing attention to the crucial contributions of women to all areas of society. This day is also a call to recognize that we still have a long way to go to ensure that women and girls are afforded equal opportunities in education, civil society, employment, and all aspects of life. GBC-Education member companies have demonstrated a commitment to removing barriers to girls’ education and ensuring that girls have the opportunity to develop crucial 21st century skills for future workforce participation.

Photo by Hannah Maule-Ffinch/Save the Children

UNHCR, Save the Children and Pearson Join Forces to Tackle Refugee Education Crisis

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, Save the Children, the global children’s charity, and Pearson, the world’s largest education company, have joined forces to identify innovative projects that are helping refugee children to learn. The ‘Promising Practices’ initiative will not only raise awareness of existing efforts, but is also calling for organisations working in the field, businesses, government and individuals to submit ideas that are providing education solutions for improving access to, and the quality of, refugee education.

Theresia, 16, and Salma, 17, read the My Better World textbook in class at a Camfed partner secondary school in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Camfed, Photographer:  Daniel Hayduk

Pearson Extends Partnership with Camfed to Improve Girls’ Education in Africa

The Camfed ‘Learner Guide’ programme, developed in partnership with Pearson, is being extended in Tanzania to support an extra 6,400 children in 80 schools. Through the programme, trained young women graduates return to their local schools to deliver vital life skills lessons to marginalised children. To complement this, Pearson is now awarding BTEC qualifications for Camfed’s Learner Guide alumnae. Pearson is also launching an employee fundraising campaign, which it will match, to help send girls to secondary school.

Education, Diversity, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Panel at WEF 2017 with Jamie Miller, President & CEO, GE Transport; SVP, GE.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution & The Next Generation

Over the past two decades, Intel has invested deeply in education to increase academic achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math. Rosalind Hudnell previously served as Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer focused on driving more inclusion into the company and industry. Intel’s progress, while not complete, has made a difference. However, as we now look forward, we must face the reality that nearly 300 million youth are not in school, not employed, and continue to lack the fundamental skills to gain meaningful employment in the future.

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