From the 6-9th of November the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) hosted a business delegation in Delhi. Coinciding with the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting on India, the delegation comprised of representatives from our Founding Members committed to improving access to quality education for the 2.3 million children in India who do not attend school.
On the itinerary was a meeting with the Chief Minister of Delhi, attendance at a WEF Education Session moderated by the UN Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown, and a visit to local schools in East Delhi run by STIR Education. Common to these events was finding out how GBC-Education can work together in co-operation with government, local businesses, charities, and NGOs to achieve our goals. To that end, our members have agreed to take some concrete steps.
Firstly, our members have established a working group in order to drive GBC-Education’s work in India forward. Secondly, it was agreed that a pilot project should be planned and implemented as soon as possible. Key to this will be the ability to replicate such a project on a wider scale, ensuring that the model can aid as many of India’s children as possible. Finally, members have committed to the ambition that GBC-Education will eventually become a long-term national presence in India.
The GBC-Education team will continue to brief members and the public as the working group progresses. These may be the first steps of a long journey, but together we are wholly committed to guaranteeing Indian children their right to a decent education, thus providing them with the skills and opportunity to improve their own lives and communities.