Unleashing the full potential of the next generation

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Theirworld’s Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC- Education) is a movement of businesses committed to ending the global education crisis and unleashing the potential of future generations.

Established in 2012 by the global children’s charity Theirworld, GBC-Education is a New York-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages the collective power of business, government, NGOs, and today’s youth to achieve the goal of education and opportunity for all.

800 million youth are not on track to have the basic skills to enter the workforce by 2030

Established as an initiative of the global children’s charity Theirworld in 2012, the Global Business Coalition for Education leverages the collective power of business, government, international organizations, NGOs, youth, and other stakeholders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of free, equitable, and inclusive quality education for all.

We empower companies to make strategic decisions about how to have the greatest impact in reaching this ambition.

We believe education is the key to unlocking all social, economic, and development goals. Innovation and economic growth, climate action and health outcomes, racial and gender equity — and so much more — all depend on education. We also know that tackling the global education crisis takes the collective power and assets of the business community.

A global crisis

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, education was failing far too many children, families, and communities. More than 1.5 billion students experienced school closures due to the pandemic and have fallen behind. Individuals from marginalized and low-income backgrounds are disproportionately affected. Today, conflict, climate disasters and emergencies are impacting education for the next generation at an alarming rate.

Why now

Education is on the chopping block. From local and national government budgets, international aid, corporate sustainability programs, and philanthropy, the progress we have made around the globe is facing the grim realities of budget cuts and increased inequality.

As demands on companies increase for improved ESG performance, driving change through education is more important today than ever before. It’s time to come together to make the case that education is the key to unlocking big change.

Education is central to the success of the business community. Thriving as a business in the 21st century requires an educated workforce, a growing customer base, and the ability to innovate and stay ahead of rapid change — all of these ultimately depend on the quality of the education system in the communities businesses live and work in.

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Why work with us

Every company has something to contribute towards solving the global education crisis. Our goal is to help companies identify the best way to make the greatest social impact. Becoming a member of the Global Business Coalition for Education provides companies unparalleled access to our team’s expertise and vast networks of companies, foundations, international organizations, NGOs, and youth partners engaged in shaping education policy, programs, and public campaigns. Effective investment in education today can help create the future that all children deserve.

Learn more on how to join the coalition.

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