April 15, 2015

Schools in Africa

Today, more than 58 million primary school-age children around the world are out of school and at least 250 million children in this age group are not learning basic skills. Girls represent over half of the children who are not enrolled in school. An additional 69 million teenagers are not attending secondary school, missing out on vital basic skills needed for future employment.

The Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) brings the business community together to accelerate progress in delivering quality education for all of the world’s children and youth. We believe that education is the birthright of every child and the key to expanded opportunity and future employment. For companies, investing in education promotes economic growth, leads to more stable societies, fosters healthy communities and makes it easier to do business. Education spurs innovation and increases the skills of employees, the income potential of consumers and the prosperity of communities where business operates.

The Global Business Coalition for Education hosted a great panel session on Taking Results to Scale: Business Investments and Public Sector Resources for Global Education with leaders and representatives from donors, development agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector.  


Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is a passionate advocate for global education and health issues and her work brings together the worlds of business, philanthropy, social media and charity campaigning.

She is the Founder and President of the children’s charity Theirworld, Founder and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education and co-founder of A World At School, a global movement to get children across the world into education.

Through these roles, as well as her involvement in co-founding the Maternal Mortality Campaign Sarah provides strategic leadership to worldwide efforts to save and change the lives of women and children. Her contribution has been recognised with the Vision and Impact Award from the Global Business Coalition for Health, an Honorary Fellowship from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Recognition Award from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Claudia Costin

Claudia Costin, a Brazilian national, is the Senior Director for Education at the World Bank Group.

Before joining the World Bank Group in July 2014, Claudia Costin, a Brazilian national, was Secretary of Education, Rio de Janeiro. Under her stewardship, learning results rose by 22 percent in the city. She also implemented a strong Early Childhood program, working seamlessly across sectors with the Health and Social Protection secretariats. 

Donald Kaberuka

Mr. Donald Kaberuka is currently serving his second five-year term as President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). He was first elected in 2005, becoming the seventh president of the Bank Group since its establishment in 1963.

He was re-elected in May 2010 at the AfDB’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for a second five-year term. He took the oath for his second term in September of that year in Tunis, the Bank’s current temporary relocation city. The Bank moved temporarily from Abidjan in 2003 due to the security situation there.