Early Childhood Development
In 2014, GBC-Education launched the Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force and produced a report on the business case for ECD, which highlights the substantial benefits of business investments in ECD from economic, scientific, and equity standpoints. Not only is investment in early education critical to achieving nearly all of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, but it also offers the best opportunity to put children on better path to economic growth and prosperity.
Today, GBC-Education’s work in ECD focuses on providing business leaders with engagement roadmaps as well as messaging and communication tools to promote and implement corporate policies supporting early childhood development.
Education in Emergencies & REACT
The Rapid Education Action (REACT) initiative emerged out of GBC-Education’s commitment to mobilize in-kind and financial resources for Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – a fund to support education in emergencies that was launched at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.
GBC-Education Middle East
In response to the refugee crisis which has so far affected more than 7.5 million Syrian children, GBC-Education expanded its operations in the Middle East with the hope of responding with urgent education solutions. This new private sector hub is intended to support education in the region by connecting business with international institutions and non-governmental organizations to maximize impact.
Girls’ education is a cross-cutting theme across all of our initiatives, with a focus on ensuring gender equality in the classroom and in the workplace. Around the world, 130 million girls and young women are not in school and more girls than boys are expected to never be able to enter a classroom. 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.
Youth Skills and Innovation Initiative
GBC-Education – in partnership with Intel – launched the Youth Skills and Innovation Initiative during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Through the Initiative, the Coalition hopes to tackle to challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ensure that young people everywhere are equipped with the tools to operate in a future workforce.
The Youth and Skills and Innovation Commission, which consists of a diverse set of experts from the business, government, NGO, academic, and youth communities, will guide the efforts to develop a set of recommendations for confronting the challenge of equipping marginalized young people for the jobs of the future.