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Global Business Coalition for Education

The Global Business Coalition for Education brings the business community together to accelerate progress in delivering quality education to all children and youth. This page explains how it connects businesses for greatest impact, through events, initiatives and research.

How GBC-Education works

The Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) brings together the business community to accelerate progress in delivering quality education to all children and youth.

Founded in 2012, it is now one of the world’s most effective forums for business to make an impact on the lives of young people through education.

It has a membership of more than 100 influential private sector companies. Members join GBC-Education to become part of a global movement that harnesses thought leadership, philanthropy, strategic investments and business influence to increase the number of young people learning.

GBC-Education is a business-led, action-oriented organisation. It focuses on four core functions:

  • Connect

Helping members connect so they can co-ordinate their activities to have a greater impact and identify areas where they can collaborate on innovative solutions

  • Cooperate

Creating opportunities for partnerships between businesses, policymakers, foundations and civil society organisations at the local, national and global level

  • Showcase

Highlighting its members' work and thought leadership to international audiences to elevate the importance of education on the global agenda

  • Discover

Identifying best practice and opportunities for effective investments in education

GBC-Education initiatives

GBC-Education works on a variety of projects across the world. Among its initiatives are:

Youth Skills and Innovation Initiative

In partnership with Intel Foundation, GBC-Education 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 the 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 marginalised young people for the jobs of the future.

Education in Emergencies and REACT

GBC-Education works closely with the Education Cannot Wait fund to provide education to children affected by emergencies such as natural disasters, conflicts and health crises. GBC-Education committed to mobilising additional private sector financial and in-kind support for the Education Cannot Wait fund at its launch in May 2016.

The Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) Rapid Education Action initiative (REACT) aims to make the business commitment to emergencies greater than the sum of its parts and advance the overall global response to education in emergencies by matching corporate assets to needs on the ground in real time and fostering direct partnerships. The REACT platform records private sector contributions and assets that can be deployed for education should an emergency take place in different regions of the world. REACT is a genuinely collaborative, innovative and effective crisis response model that marshals business, individuals, NGOs, the UN and governments in meaningful partnerships.

Early Childhood Development

GBC-Education’s work in early childhood development (ECD) is focused on increasing access to comprehensive programmes for children aged zero to five that emphasise early learning, child and maternal health, child care and nutrition.

GBC-Education serves a leadership role in advocating for ECD, highlighting the benefits of private-sector investment from social, economic and equity standpoints.

GBC-Education hopes to catalyse progress for ECD by generating ongoing dialogue, engaging business champions and coordinating global and national advocacy opportunities.

Girls’ education

GBC-Education aims to improve education for the millions of girls worldwide who are out of school by ensuring they complete secondary school, find employment and have the opportunity to reach their potential.

GBC-Education members collectively have an impact on the lives of six million girls through investments in empowerment, mentoring and safe schools, focusing in particular on the use of technology to improve access to education for the most marginalised girls.

Safe Schools

Safe Schools are places where children can learn and play to realise their potential, free from attack in the midst of emergencies.

The Safe Schools Initiative was launched in Nigeria following the kidnapping of the 276 Chibok school girls in 2014 by Boko Haram. The Safe Schools Initiative supports displaced children’s education through a student transfer programme, a school reconstruction programme, and innovative education strategies within internally displaced persons camps.

The Safe Schools Initiative has expanded to Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and the African countries affected by Ebola - Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It has developed local solutions, networks and procedures to provide greater security and protections for students.

Research and resources

GBC-Education produces original research and resources to inform its initiatives as well as members’ interventions and contributions to global education.

It acts as a platform and forum to convey private-sector perspectives on issues in the education sector by producing reports and policy briefs on critical topics.

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