Over the past 18 months, as Covid disrupted education across the world, we’ve seen the non-state sector step up and innovate to ensure that students have access to learning resources. As schools reopen, many non-state actors are embedding these innovations into their ongoing educational programmes, building more resilient and sustainable organisations.
On 1 October, Global Schools Forum (GSF) became an independent registered charity, spinning out from Ark, the education charity that has incubated us since our foundation.
Lessons from the GSF-Dignitas partnership. Looking back at 2021, Dignitas Executive Director Deborah Kimathi reflects on her collaboration with GSF on “Supporting the Evolving Needs of Teachers” and draws out four markers of great collaboration.
The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR) is THE big annual report in international education, submitted by a UNESCO-housed but editorially-independent team. Every year, the GEMR combines an annual update on progress against global education goals with a deeper-dive thematic focus. The 2021 report will have a thematic focus on non-state actors, and is therefore of high importance to GSF and to our members.
Now in its fourth year our Annual Meeting will continue to focus on what it takes to build high performing schools and school networks. The conference brings together an exciting group of school operators, investors, funders, and intermediary organisations that support the non-state education sector.
We recently gathered some of the organisations in the GSF network running or supporting secondary schools for a roundtable discussion on 'Preparing Young People for Work'. Leaders from these organisations shared challenges, innovations and promising practices emerging from their secondary school and work preparedness programmes and brainstormed on collective ways forward.
Global Schools Forum and Education Development Trust publish joint report examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted non-state schools, teachers and learners in countries across Africa, Asia and South America.
GSF member LEAD shares their experience of supporting schools in India’s huge Affordable Private School sector to harness technology in the classroom.
GSF is delighted to be partnering with Education Development Trust on a new piece of research that will explore the impact of Covid-19 on the non-state education sector in LMICs. In this commentary, originally posted as an EDT Commentary, EDT’s Anna Riggall and Michael Latham, and GSF’s Joel Mullan, introduce the research.
GSF’s role, in part, is to foster learning experiences between and among members which will ultimately help and strengthen their efforts. To that end, GSF piloted a Peer Review process, with the ultimate goal of replicating the process across the GSF membership.