Partners & Sponsors

Our sponsors and partners help us to make GESF possible.

The Global Education and Skills Forum is grateful for the support and expertise provided by our partner organisations. 

With us, and in their own spheres every day, they work to provide education, employment and equity for all. 

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    African Development Bank

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    The African Development Bank is a multilateral development finance institution. Their mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the African continent. To achieve this they promote the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region. The African Development Bank are a financial provider to African governments and private companies investing in the regional member countries

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    Dubai Cares

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    Dubai Cares is a UAE-based philanthropic organisation working to improve universal access to quality education for children in developing countries. Launched in September 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Cares expresses the UAE’s commitment to achieving universal primary education and to promote gender equality.

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    Jacobs Foundation

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    The Jacobs Foundation is dedicated to improving the living conditions of children and youth. The Foundation is the Lead Partner for the Learning Science Track @GESF and was established in 1989 by Klaus J. Jacobs and his family. It is through their efforts that they aim to benefit future generations by providing young people with better opportunities for development, so that they can become productive and socially responsible members of society. The Jacobs Foundation funds global research on learning and child development, supporting innovative scientists and implementing practical projects in early childhood and rural livelihoods.

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    Co-Impact

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    Co-Impact is a partnership of results-oriented donors focusing on systems change to improve the lives of millions by advancing education, improving people’s health, and providing economic opportunity. Co-Impact brings together a community of philanthropists who want to give and learn together, and are pooling resources, networks, and expertise. They support a targeted set of system change initiatives in low- and middle-income countries with grants US$10 to 50 million over several years and are accompanied by non-financial supports to deliver enduring change that improves life for millions.

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    JA Worldwide

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    As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA Worldwide activates youth for the future of jobs. Through the delivery of cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, JA Worldwide creates pathways for employability and job creation. Each year, their network of over 465,000 volunteers serves more than 10 million students in over 100 countries.

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    Education International

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    Education International represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe. It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing thirty million education employees in about four hundred organisations in one hundred and seventy countries and territories, across the globe.

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    Teach For All

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    Teach For All is a global network of 46 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations and a global organization that works to accelerate the progress of the network. Each network partner recruits and develops promising future leaders to teach in their nations’ high-need schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfil their potential. Teach For All’s global organisation works to increase the network’s impact by capturing and spreading learning, facilitating connections among partners, accessing global resources, and fostering the leadership development of partner staff, teachers, and alumni.

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    UCL

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    The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is the education school of University College London. It specialises in postgraduate study and research in the field of education and is one of UCL's 11 constituent faculties. The IOE is ranked first in the world for education in the QS World University Rankings, and has been so every year since 2014.The IOE is the largest education research body in the United Kingdom.

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    UNESCO

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    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations, created with the firm belief of nations that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity. UNESCO strives to build networks among nations that enable this kind of solidarity, by: mobilising for education, building intercultural understanding, pursuing scientific cooperation and protecting freedom of expression.

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    Malala Fund

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    Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai founded the Malala Fund in 2013 to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Together the board, leadership council, staff, and champions are creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school. The Malala Fund works in regions where the most girls miss out on secondary education. Their priority countries are Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

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    Plan International Canada

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    Plan International Canada is a member of a global organisation dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. They have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries. Plan International Canada are calling on all Canadians to Defy Normal: to believe in the power and potential of every child and to take a stand anywhere children are oppressed, exploited or left behind and anywhere girls aren’t equally valued.

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    Inter-American Development Bank

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    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the main source of multilateral financing in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides solutions to development challenges and support in the key areas of the region. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, they help improve health and education, and advance infrastructure.

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    The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

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    The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, equipping young people for life. Since 1956 millions of young people have taken part in the Award in more than 130 countries and territories. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Foundation drives and supports the Award’s global growth, so more young people can take part.

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    Knowledge and Human Development Authority

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    The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is the educational quality assurance and regulatory authority of the Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. KHDA oversees the private education sector, including early childhood centres, schools, higher education providers, and training institutes. They aim to develop the education and human resource sectors in the Emirate to the level of international standards and best practice.

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    All Prints Distributors and Publishers

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    All Prints Distributors and Publishers were established in Abu Dhabi in 1968 and expanded its services in the following years to provide educational services to schools and universities in the Arab world. They are the main suppliers of textbooks and educational materials to all the major universities, schools and educational institutes in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Syria and Lebanon. All Prints provides materials through over 550 international publishers, and collaborate with major international publishers for translating and adapting their materials as per the requirements of the local Gulf Markets.

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    The Bernard van Leer Foundation

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    The Bernard van Leer Foundation believes that giving all children a good start in life is both the right thing to do and the best way to build healthy, prosperous and creative societies. They are a private foundation focused on developing and sharing knowledge about what works in early childhood development. The Bernard van Leer Foundation provides financial support and expertise to partners in government, civil society and business to help test and scale effective services for young children and families. Over the last 50 years, they have invested more than half a billion dollars and worked in all regions of the world. Their partnerships have informed public policies in more than 25 countries, led to innovations in service delivery and training that have been widely adopted by governments and non-profit organisations, and generated breakthrough ideas that have changed the way stakeholders from parents to policymakers think about the earliest years of a child’s life.

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    Mashreq Bank

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    One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. They have international offices across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in all the financial capitals of the world.  As the oldest bank in the UAE, Mashreq's 51-year old journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout their  history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services. Mashreq is proud to be the only institution in the UAE to be awarded the Gallup Great Workplace Award for five consecutive years from 2014 to 2018.

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    Emirates

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    The Emirates story started in 1985 when they launched operations with just two aircraft. Today, Emirates fly the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies. They inspire travelers around the world with their growing network of worldwide destinations, industry leading inflight entertainment, regionally inspired cuisine, and world-class service.

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    Atlantis

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