GBC-Education’s Girls’ Education Task Force and Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force are focused on a specific theme in education. They are based on member interests as well as areas of greatest need in the education sector.
Led by LEGO Education and Oando Foundation in collaboration with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution
Established in the fall of 2014, the Business for Early Childhood Development (Biz4ECD) Task Force seeks to demonstrate the value that businesses attach to investing in young children by using its collective power to influence global discussions, and country and company policies and practice.
Our vision is a world where all children meet their full development potential to become productive workers and responsible citizens in society.
The Task Force’s work is structured around effecting change at the company, country and global levels around three main areas.
- Messaging: Establish common messaging that highlights the business case for investments in early childhood development (ECD)
- Influence: Advocate for ECD internally within a company and externally to policymakers and business associations by establishing good practice guidelines and researching areas to pursue action
- Action: Effecting change on the ground through actions at corporate policy and programmatic implementation levels
The Biz4ECD Task Force is a group of business and foundation leaders with an interest in developing today the workforce of tomorrow. The Task Force includes companies such as LEGO Education, Cummins Inc., Nestlé S.A., Rovio Entertainment Ltd., as well as nonprofit organizations and foundations.
Contact us to learn more and get involved.
The Importance of Early Childhood Development (developed by the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution for use by the Biz4ECD Task Force)
Additional resources are forthcoming.
Led by Dangote Foundation and Standard Chartered
If all the girls in Kenya were to complete secondary school and delay having children until their twenties, then their economies would grow by $3.4 billion every year. If all mothers were literate then the chances of their newborns surviving past the age of five would increase by 50%. If all girls received an education, then work that exploits women and child marriage across the world would plummet dramatically. And yet, there are still 31 million girls out of school today.
At GBC-Education, we can change this. When all of our members are combined, our collective initiatives empower, mentor, and protect 6 million girls across the world. Through their voice, in-country networks, and existing programs, business leaders can ensure girls are completing school, developing relevant skills and finding jobs to reach their full potential.
The Girls’ Education Task Force will enable business leaders to convene their peers, coordinate resources and champion change for girls and their right to an education. Our first steps will focus on unlocking gateways for learning through initiatives like the Global Education Platform; aligning learning outcomes and workforce needs via mentoring and skills enhancement; promoting the empowerment and equity for girls using digital platforms like the #UpForSchool petition and the #smartinvestment Webinar series.
Biz4ECD Task Force Photos © Steve Gong/A World at School
Girls’ Education Task Force Photos ©UNICEF, listtoptens, TooYoungToWed.org, GlobalEducation.edu, Reuters.