Education Philanthropy Summit slated for March 22 in Dubai

Mar 22, 2019

Education Philanthropy Summit slated for March 22 in Dubai

More than 50 of the world’s leading grant-making foundations involved in education will meet in Dubai on the eve of the Varkey Foundation’s Global Education & Skills Forum to discuss some of the most pressing issues in education philanthropy and share their expertise and experiences.

The summit, in partnership with Co-Impact and Bernard Van Leer Foundation, will be chaired by Vikas Pota, Chairman of the Varkey Foundation.

It will provide an opportunity for attendees to share experience on how the programme has impacted lives of the youth. Workshops on a wide range of issues, including early childhood development, education in emergencies, funding research, innovative school models, grant-making, collaboration and advocacy will also be held.

The President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio, who campaigned on the development of human capital as his first priority, will join the discussion to give his perspective on the discussion.

Commenting on the summit, Chairman of the Varkey Foundation and Chair of the Philanthropy Summit, Vikas Pota, said: “We are honoured to have President Bio join us in our discussions and I applaud his spirit of openness and dialogue on this crucial issue for our time. Through exchanging views with the President, whose country was put under such strain by the Ebola crisis, we can understand how grant-making foundations can help support public education systems, often, in extremely testing circumstances.

I would also like to thank all the foundations that are joining us in Dubai, who will give us a rare opportunity for a focused debate between grant-makers on how we can use our resources to make an outsized impact on global challenges such as those of the SDG’s.

We want these foundations to share the different pathways they are taking to reach their goals and to take stock on what has and hasn’t worked. This sharing of experiences will improve our understanding and better equip us all to achieve the systematic transformation we are looking for”.

The summit recognises that to solve the crisis in global education, government action alone will not be enough. It is estimated that more than 260 million children are out of school globally.

In order to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of quality education for all, 69 million teachers will need to be recruited by 2030. To meet these serious challenges, the world’s major philanthropic organizations must come together and learn from one another the most effective ways of improving education outcomes and ensuring global access to quality education, hence, the summit.

By: Ebenezer Sasu

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