In a short space of time the members of the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Ed) have achieved a great deal, taking important first steps in the push to guarantee the right of every child to a quality education. Over the course of the 2012 we have:
– Led a delegation to meet the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, where more than two million of primary school age are not in education;
-Held a high-level private breakfast meeting in New York to examine what practical measures can be taken to achieve our aims;
-And led a delegation to the World Economic Forum on India in Delhi, resulting in the establishment of a GBC-Ed Working Group on India.
Our members have been the drivers of our success so far, investing their time, knowledge, and resources. Moving into 2013, we hope to retain this momentum and achieve a great deal more. We begin with an exciting event in January in California – hosted by Dick Costolo of Twitter and Laurene Powell Jobs – examining how technology can be implemented to improve the quality of education and break down the barriers that prevent access to it.
As the deadline of 2015 for achieving the Millennium Development Goals draws ever nearer, we are mindful that there is much still to be done – but by working together with governments and civil society, we are confident that we will play a major role in achieving this aim.