Global Business Coalition for Education

GBC-Education’s working groups are focused on a specific geography. They are based on member interests as well as areas of greatest need in the education sector.

India Working Group

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Led by Intel and Western Union

Representing GBC-Education in India, the India Working Group (IWG) enables companies to focus their advocacy, philanthropy, and CSR strategies on a specific geography.

From 1994 to 2010 India has made tremendous progress on school enrollment, but improving education quality is the next big challenge for India. Opportunities for change include improving curricula built on rote learning and memorization with limited emphasis on skills in innovation and creativity and limited training for school leadership.

The IWG was established in November 2012 following a GBC-Education-led business delegation in Delhi. In March 2013, the IWG co-hosted a meeting in Mumbai with USAID Administrator Raj Shah to discuss partnership opportunities in support of early grade reading in India.

India excels at cultivating traditional academic skills like literacy and numeracy — but soft skills like adaptive thinking and social intelligence repeatedly fall to the wayside. Following the most recent IWG roundtable The Future of India Inc.: Skilling the Next Generation, the IWG is developing a rationale for investing in skills for innovation and creativity in K-12 education in India. The IWG also collaborates with the India School Leadership Institute (ISLI) to scale its programs, helping to build a national movement for quality school leadership training.

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Pakistan Working Group

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Led by Habib Bank Limited

The Pakistan Working Group enables companies to focus their advocacy, philanthropy, and CSR strategies on a specific geography: Pakistan.

GBC-Education launched the PWG in March 2014 during the meeting of CEOs and corporate executives in Islamabad. Business leaders — including 16 corporate executives from 12 organizations — gathered for its first in-person meeting the following September and discussed five considerations to guide private sector engagement in education in Pakistan.

Currently, the group is participating in the Safe Schools Initiative which has so far benefited tens of thousands of students through school transfer programs, school reconstruction efforts, and double-shift school systems. The group is also working to support the #UpForSchool petition in Pakistan.

 

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India Working Group Photo © OGSB 2012.

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