GESF highlights

The Global Education & Skills Forum brings together world leaders from the public, private and social sectors and seeks solutions to achieve education, equity and employment for all.

GESF 2019

On the 23rd and 24th March 2019, more than 2000 delegates gathered at the Global Education and Skills Forum to share, debate and shape new ways for education to transform our world.

GESF 2019 culminated in the awarding of the Global Teacher Prize, where movie star Hugh Jackman announced Peter Tabichi, a Science teacher from Nakuru, Kenya as this year's winner. Peter was awarded the $1 million prize and was recognised for the exceptional work he does for the school and community.

Highlights included:

• 1 Head of Government
• 7 Former Heads of Government
• 40 Ministers of Education
• 297 Speakers
• 124 Public Sessions
• 200+ Media representatives
• 144 Countries
• 2000+ Delegates
• 100+ Teachers
• 64 Grant-making organisations

An initiative of the Varkey Foundation

The Global Education and Skills Forum is an initiative of the Varkey Foundation. The Varkey Foundation believes that every child deserves an inspiring teacher. They are essential to ensuring that every child has a good education. And, by bringing together leaders from the public, private and social sectors at the Global Education and Skills Forum, the Varkey Foundation aims to demonstrate that education is the key to solving global issues. 

Here is who attended GESF 2018:


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