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In its sixth year, the Global Education & Skills Forum continues to address the challenges of education, equity and employment for all.

THE FORUM

Each year the Global Education & Skills Forum brings together world leaders from the public, private and social sectors seeking solutions to achieving education, equity and employment for all.

Over two days, more than 2,000 delegates at the Global Education & Skills Forum share, debate and shape new ways for education to transform our world. The Forum culminates in the awarding of the Global Teacher Prize - recognition that every child deserves an exceptional teacher. 

An initiative of the Varkey Foundation, the Global Education & Skills Forum is an essential platform for collaboration and problem solving - taking ‘how it should be’ forward into innovative, multi-stakeholder ‘how do we get there together?’

PAST CONFERENCES

  • 20+ serving and former Heads of State and Prime Ministers
  • 60+ Ministers of Education
  • Senior representatives from the United Nations including UNESCO; as well as other public and social policy leaders
  • Hundreds of CEOs & business leaders from organisations such as Huawei, PwC, Barclays, Lego, Microsoft, WPP plc.
  • Education leaders from the OECD, global charities, renowned universities and private schools and the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
  • Thousands teachers and school leaders, including the Top Ten Finalists of the Global Teacher Prize
  • Media influencers from CNN, the BBC and The Economist, as well as hundreds of publications & media outlets worldwide including The Times, Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TES and the Huffington Post.

VARKEY FOUNDATION

The Global Education & Skills Forum is an initiative of the Varkey Foundation. By bringing together leaders from the public, private and social sectors the Varkey Foundation demonstrates that education is key to solving global issues.

The Varkey Foundation believes nothing is more important to achieving this than motivated and high-quality teachers who can inspire children in our schools. The Varkey Foundation supports global teaching capacity and seeds excellence and innovation in the next generation of educators through its programmes and initiatives - including the Global Education & Skills Forum and the Global Teacher Prize.

Simply, a quality education for every child requires a quality teacher for every child, and in turn a fairer, more open and tolerant society for us all.

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