Global Business Coalition for Education


Human Rights Day: How one company is improving access to education for vulnerable children

As a family company, NRS International feels a personal commitment to education. Since the onset of the school year, beginning in August 2016, NRS has funded over $40,000 to education and youth programs in Pakistan. Additionally, we have acquired a new public school that we plan to renovate for expanded student enrollment. Our projects include scholarships, sports, Model United Nations, and community engagement. But these projects are only one way, one company is working to give children access to education, opportunities to play, and space to develop.


Celebrating Universal Children’s Day: Engaging Business in Early Childhood Development

November 20th marked Universal Children’s Day and many GBC-Education members joined celebrities, politicians, and world leaders to help generate awareness for and investment in early childhood development by posting photographs of themselves between the ages 0 and 5 and signing the petition in support of Theirworld’s new #5for5 campaign. The #5for5 campaign focuses on raising global awareness of early childhood development and pressuring world leaders to take urgent action to ensure that all children have access to the full range of nurturing care – including nutrition, health, learning, play, and protection.


ITWORX Education Honored with Awards for Education Innovation

Congratulations to Coalition member ITWORX Education for receiving two awards at the ACN Arab Technology Awards 2016 on October 17th! The two honors, ‘Education Implementation of the Year Award’ and ‘Harnessing Innovation Award,’ were awarded to ITWORX Education for its successful blended learning program run at a Syrian refugee camp in Chtoura, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. The end-to-end program tapped into the functionalities of the company’s latest product, WinjiGo, an e-learning platform that is designed for use in blended learning environments.


Welcome to GBC-Education’s Newest Member, SABIS!

Excerpt: GBC-Education is excited to announce the latest member of our Coalition, SABIS, a global school management company operating in 20 countries serving more than 70,000 students. Beyond its long-held success in educational operations, SABIS has also leveraged its expertise to serve the local communities in which it operates. In 2012, SABIS established a school in El-Metn, Lebanon for low-income families. The Leila C. Saad SABIS School El Metn provides quality education to more than 270 students, many of whom are refugees from Syria. GBC-Education is thrilled to deepen its reach in the Middle East, and to partner with a company committed to making a #smartinvestment in students.

Saffa Girls School January 21, 2015

Investments in Adolescent Girls Are Crucial, Businesses Have a Role in Fostering Their Growth

The UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) report, State of World Population 2016, provides in-depth look at the support 10-year-old girls require from their communities, countries, and world to thrive in the 21st century. Without this support, the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved by 2030. Girls are less likely to enter school than boys, especially at the secondary level, have a one-in-three chance of marrying before the age of 18 if they live in the developing world, and are more likely to be engaged in child labour. Though daunting, these barriers have spurred business into action, evidenced by GBC-Education members’ work with girls’ education, giving girls everywhere a chance to receive a quality education and achieve their dreams.

Girls learn new technology skills at the Code Clubs in Lagos, Nigeria.

Oando Foundation and Theirworld Equipping Girls with ICT Skills for a Brighter Future

Ahead of Africa Code Week 2016, Oando Foundation is stretching its commitment to information communication technology education through a strategic partnership with Theirworld. Designed to empower girls in Oando adopted schools with technology skills through creativity and learning, the innovative coding clubs will provide technology enabled interactive spaces that encourage academic interest and train girls in STEM.

A student constructs her computer during the first meeting of the Code Club at the Kibera School For Girls in Nairobi, Kenya, March 4, 2016.

Business Supports International Day of the Girl Child 2016

Today is the fifth anniversary of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s themes is ‘Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls,’ emphasizing how gender equality is critical to achieving the SDGs by 2030, as well as the need for quality data to better understand the gaps in service for girls around the world. Currently, 32 million girls are out of school at the primary level and 29 million at the lower secondary level. Business can help to intervene and help close the gender gap in education.


World Teachers’ Day 2016 Reveals Increased Need for Business Engagement in Education

Today marks World Teachers’ Day, established to celebrate the teaching profession and honor those who dedicate their career to educating and shaping the minds of children around the world. UNESCO reports, however, that almost 69 million teachers are still needed today in primary and secondary schools. If this teacher gap is not narrowed, SDG 4 cannot be achieved by 2030. Business can help to narrow this gap, outlined by the Education Commission, by advocating for the professionalization of educators, supporting innovation, targeting business investments in education, and more.

Syrian primary school children attending catch-up learning classes in a child friendly space set up by Italian NGO Intersos and UNICEF at a community centre in southern Lebanon.

The lessons are part of a non-formal education project designed to support Syrian refugee children who have missed out on up to 2 years of school due to the conflict in Syria. The UNICEF and Intersos project is supported by UK aid.

Businesses React to Education in Emergencies

The REACT database, launched at GBC-Education’s annual high-level breakfast during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, enables companies across the globe to register any resources and expertise that they are able to deploy at the onset of the next emergency. REACT provides the mechanism needed to connect the movers with the shakers, linking companies with governments as they rebuild school facilities, provide essential books for quality learning, and support high-speed internet connectivity so that students may even access education content digitally. This is a crisis response model that is collaborative, innovative and effective.


UNGA ‘16: GBC-Education’s Events

The 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly featured several key moments for education, such as the launch of the Education Commission’s report, and President Obama’s ‘Call to Action’, appealing to the private sector to help address the global refugee crisis. Alongside these exciting moments, GBC-Education hosted a series of events and meeting, such as a roundtable with Julia Gillard as well as our annual breakfast, to convene members and leaders from the private, civil, and public sectors to engage in important discussions on the global refugee crisis and education in emergencies.

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