Global Business Coalition for Education

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The Global Education Platform


School is often out of reach for marginalized youth around the world. With millions of young people unable to access safe learning environments with trained teachers, we must envision bold new learning solutions that exist beyond the boundaries of the traditional education system.

Through several #Tech4Ed forums, GBC-Education has convened technology entrepreneurs, business leaders, global development experts and educators to identify how technology can be used to deliver learning opportunities for the most marginalized youth. With 263 million children and adolescents out of school around the world, there is an urgent need to develop a set of learning interventions to support their needs.

The Global Education Platform initiative works with companies, governments and NGO’s that are employing innovative models of educational delivery, with a focus on feature phones and low-cost smartphones. By accelerating technologies that allow marginalized youth populations to access, search and create locally relevant content there is an opportunity to rapidly advance gains in literacy, pathways to employment and 21st Century skills development.

In late 2015, GBC-Education launched a pilot of the GEP through a country-wide writing contest in India. Following the contest’s success, the GEP released a follow-up report, Launching a Global Education Platform: Lessons and Recommendations From the India Pilot, which will be submitted to the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.

To learn more, view the research that led to the GEP here.


100+ organizations have advised and/or participated in the initiative thus far, including:

BRAC Brookings Institution Discovery Learning Alliance
edX Google The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Hewlett-Packard Intel
J-PAL Khan Academy MacArthur Foundation
Microsoft The Mozilla Foundation Pearson Education
Pencils of Promise Pratham UNICEF Innovations
USAID Wattpad The World Bank Group