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 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.
In the course of her work on women’s health, Sarah has addressed both the World Health Organisation’s Annual Assembly and the International Confederation of Midwives and chaired a United Nations Special Meeting that heralded the end of healthcare user fees for pregnant women in 16 countries. Sarah’s deep commitment to the health of pregnant women and newborns led to her founding Theirworld, an international children’s charity in 2002. Theirworld administers the Jennifer Brown Research Fund, established in memory of Sarah and Gordon’s first child and in the past 12 years has grown to reach across the UK and now globally, providing first funding for new health and education projects.
Theirworld launched A World At School, an initiative that partners with all sectors, including business leaders, faiths organisations and NGOs to mobilise education campaigns around the world. A World at School helped to convene the first ever youth takeover of the United Nations for Malala Day in July 2013, established the Safe Schools Initiative, formed in response to the kidnapped girls of Chibok and in September 2014 launched #UpForSchool – a global movement to enforce the right of every child to go to school, without danger or discrimination.
As Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education she steers its 100+ companies from across the world and brings the voice of the business community to government leaders in countries with the highest number of out-of-school children including Nigeria, India and Pakistan. GBC-Education’s aim is to accelerate progress in delivering quality education and learning for all of the world’s children.
She was Managing Director of one of Britain’s most dynamic independent communications companies and subsequently led a global arts PR firm. A passionate advocate of women’s leadership, Sarah’s corporate involvement continued as Patron of the CBI First Women Awards to honour women in the boardroom and at the helm of Britain’s successful start-ups and growing businesses. Sarah is a Non-Executive Director of Harrods Group (Holding) Limited.
Sarah is the author of best-selling book Behind the Black Door, a personal memoir about life at 10 Downing Street. She is Patron of Women’s Aid, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, SHINE Education Trust and a Global Champion of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
Sarah spent part of her early life in Tanzania in East Africa, before going to school in London and then studying Psychology at Bristol University. Sarah lives in London and Scotland with her husband, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Member of Parliament Gordon Brown, and their two sons John and Fraser. She pioneered using social media in government and is an avid user of twitter, regularly tweeting to her 1.2 million followers.
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.
Claudia has been vice-president of the Victor Civita Foundation, dedicated to raising public education quality. Believing in the transformational power of education, she helped create the civil society movement Todos pela Educação, also serving on its technical committee. Convinced that teacher motivation is critical for real learning, Claudia communicates with thousands of teachers using social media.
Her former positions include Secretary of Culture, Sao Paulo State and Federal Minister, Public Administration and State Reform. She has also served as Executive Secretary, Helio Beltrao Institute and CEO, Promon Intelligens. Earlier, she served as World Bank Sector Manager, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Latin America and the Caribbean; and has also advised several African governments on public policy and state modernization.
Claudia has held academic positions at the Catholic University of São Paulo, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, INSPER Institute of Education and Research, and École Nationale d’Administration Publique in Québec. She has a Master’s in Economics from the Escola de Administracao de Empresas de São Paulo of the Fundacao Getúlio Vargas.
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.
Before joining the African Development Bank, Mr. Kaberuka, 61, had a distinguished career in banking, international trade and development and government service A national of Rwanda, he was the country’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning between 1997 and 2005. During this period, he oversaw Rwanda’s successful economic reconstruction after the end of the civil war there.
He initiated and implemented major economic reforms and introduced new systems of structural, monetary and fiscal governance, laying special emphasis on the independence of Rwanda’s central bank.
These reforms led to the widely-recognized revival of Rwanda’s economy, and to the sustained economic growth that enabled Rwanda to obtain debt cancellation under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative in April 2005.
During his service at the AfDB, Mr Kaberuka has presided over a major redirection in its strategy for development and poverty reduction in Africa. To that end, the AfDB has placed increased emphasis on the private sector, and on the importance of major infrastructure developments in areas such as road, railways, power plants and communications, especially in their role in promoting regional integration in Africa.
During Mr Kaberuka’s period of office, the AfDB has become Africa’s premier financial institution. In 2009, in response to the global financial crisis, the African Development Bank Group made record approvals of loans and grants totaling more than USD 12.6 billion.
Donald Kaberuka was educated at universities in Tanzania and Scotland. He holds a PhD in Economics from Glasgow University.