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Global Business Coalition for Education
Call to Action: Business Leads in Emergencies
With the education of over 75 million youth disrupted by conflict and emergency last year, the economic growth critical to business operations in our globalized world is increasingly impacted. To address this crisis, the Education Cannot Wait Fund was created, which aims to provide 13.6 million children and youth living in emergencies and protracted crises with quality education over the course of the next five years. The Fund presents a critical opportunity for business to do their part and capitalize on the growing political will to take action. Through a coordinated and targeted approach, the Fund will help the private sector to engage, contribute, and prioritize investments, create shared value, and promote sustainable development and growth.
How Business Can Help Solve the Lake Chad Basin Crisis
The violent insurgency of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria has led to the destruction of over 1,500 schools and left 600,000 children without access to education. Another 800,000 children are at risk of losing out on their education and chance to build a strong foundation for their future. Businesses and the private sector, however, can help to solve this crisis, as they have capacity beyond merely funding to engage in the provision of education in emergencies. GBC-Education is developing an Emergency Database through which companies can register the resources they would be able to deploy to support education in an emergency and where they would be able to deploy those resources.
SNAPSHOT REVEALS HUGE INEQUALITIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT IN EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
A new snapshot released by Theirworld reveals that millions of children in East and Southern Africa are missing out on vital components of healthy early childhood development (ECD), in particular access to adequate nutrition and quality early learning opportunities. Business can play an instrumental role in ensuring that children around the world have access not only to good nutrition, but also to comprehensive ECD programs. Business can leverage its core assets, services, voice, expertise, funds, leadership or innovative solutions to provide children with quality nutrition resources and ECD programs.
International Youth Day 2016: How Intel Continues to Empower Youth
Today marks the 16th year of the UN’s International Youth Day, passed by the UN General Assembly in 1999 to emphasize young people’s views and initiatives from around the world. GBC-Education founding member Intel demonstrates how businesses are engaging with youth to ensure that they have the necessary platform to act, such as program encouraging girls to develop apps; tinkering labs for youth in India; and others.
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Report Release: No Lost Generation — Holding on to the Promise of Education for All Syrian Refugees
A report released August 3rd, commissioned by Theirworld and the Global Business Coalition for Education and written by Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), highlights the current gap in funding that may leave hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children out of school when classes resume in 60 days.
How Business Can Change a Girl’s Trajectory
Coalition member Standard Chartered is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of Goal, an initiative designed to equip girls with financial education and critical life skills for future success in their communities as leaders. Goal has reached 217,000 girls between the ages of 12-18, and aims to reach 600,000 girls through its comprehensive programming by 2018. Over the course of its program, Goal has expanded its operations to more than 25 countries, including Gambia, India, Pakistan, China, Nigeria, and Jordan. Standard Chartered’s work to empower girls illustrates the ways in which business can facilitate girls’ learning and growth into leaders.
Celebrating a year of impact, Educate Girls on track to deliver promising results in Rajasthan
Results from the world’s first ever Development Impact Bond (DIB) for education in Rajasthan, India have been released. One year into the three year pilot, the results indicate that the bond is working. Educate Girls, an NGO and the service provider in this bond, has enrolled 44% of its total targeted out of school girls and has accelerated learning gains by 30%.
World Youth Skills Day 2016: Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment
Established as a UN designated day in 2014, World Youth Skills Day recognizes and brings awareness of the importance of training, technical and vocational skills, and other formal and informal methods of education for youth that are relevant to local and global economies. Today, the UN held an event attended by world leaders to discuss how we can effectively provide skills development for the approximately 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 10-24 — the largest ever. Representatives from the private, public, and civil sector all shared the importance of skills development of youth and current efforts to support young people in the workforce.
263 Million Children and Youth are Out of School: How Business Can Help
UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has released figures indicating that the number of children and adolescents out of school is growing, now totaling 263 million primary, lower, and upper secondary age youth. Tremendous efforts are underway to address the issue, but without the private sector in the fight to provide every child with quality education, we will not achieve SDG4 of getting all children into school. Investing in education is not only smart for society, it benefits business, too. Investing in education leads to a skilled workforce, one that has critical 21st skills, is healthier, and promotes more stable, conflict-free communities; all of which helps to drive business growth and productivity.
Pearson Aligns Sustainability Plan with the SDGs
GBC-Education founding member Pearson has released its 2015 Sustainability Report illustrating how it is addressing education inequality on a global scale, and aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Pearson s report is reflective of a larger conversation on how the private sector can align their social responsibility practices and strategy with the SDGs, thereby supporting the UN’s work to end global poverty, combat inequality and injustice, protect human rights, and create a peaceful world.
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