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The campaign was launched at the Global Education and Skills Forum on 17th March 2014. The campaign is led by UNESCO, the Varkey Foundation, and Dubai Cares, and falls under the auspices of the Global Education & Skills Forum.


What our partners are saying

This campaign comes at exactly the right moment. Demand for an educated and skilled workforce, has never been higher, and the stakes never greater, as we strive to achieve sustainable development and build lasting peace.

Innovative alliances with business and investment from the private sector will be key to tipping the balance and making quality education accessible to all. Business is a vital part of the equation.

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

Business can and should play a much greater role in developing the public sector’s ability to improve education access and learning quality in both the developing and developed world. Not only because Education is a public good but because if business is unable to secure future talent then it will harm economic growth worldwide.

Vikas Pota, CEO of the Varkey Foundation and convener of the Global Education Skills Forum

Education is the cornerstone of the modern economy. Businesses should look at investing in it not only from a CSR perspective, but also to drive innovation and ambition. It has the power to promote social and economic equality while fostering communication and understanding between cultures.

Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares

We are very honored to support this one of a kind global advocacy campaign. OiER is looking forward to motivate and engage its private sector members and business partners to participate in this noble initiative. It shall be our aim to bring in support and funding to a variety of educational programs and to commit the private sector to participate actively in a multitude of education initiatives.

Kari Aina EIK, Secretary General, OiER