IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY THROUGH EDUCATION
Global Education Fund is committed to helping children see possibilities beyond what they experience every day and we work to give children the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and communities. Through education, we envision all children having access to the greater world and an opportunity to participate in it. Our job is to find the organizations best able to create local change and then provide them with the resources they need to accomplish their goals. We fund on the basis of their current efforts and their potential for impact and sustainability. We invest in strong entrepreneurial leaders who are grounded in their local cultures and are driven to improve educational outcomes and sustain their impact.
Efforts by local educators and community leaders show real promise for creating lasting change; however, they often lack the resources they need to refine, sustain, and grow their solutions. This is where Global Education Fund comes in. We offer small, multi-year grants and technical support, including capacity building, mentoring and networking.
We work directly with local educators and their organizations – through funding and other support – to sustain and grow their initiatives. We focus on efforts which improve the quality of education for the most marginalized children and we promote the exchange of ideas between our partners and across geographic borders.
INVEST IN GLOBAL EDUCATION FUND & CREATE CHANGE
Global Education Fund supports early-stage education entrepreneurs testing locally relevant approaches to quality education. We invest in small and evolving efforts that have the potential to create lasting change by providing multi-year grants and organizational support to education entrepreneurs and their teams. We work with our partners to measure the impact of these approaches and promote the exchange of ideas between our grantee partners across geographic borders to leverage learning.
The Kenyan government provides free public schooling through 8th grade, with limited funding in secondary school. Students must rely on scholarships and their family to attend high school. This leads to higher dropout rates for the poorest students. Without education or job opportunities there are few ways for young adults to stay positively engaged.
In Guatemala dropout rates are high, especially for girls and children of indigenous families. Children are often forced to leave school due to the need to provide family income and many boys migrate from the country to find work. Girls are often forced to take care of siblings, marry early, and often become pregnant.
India has achieved fast-paced economic growth, however this has yet to translate into improved basic educational standards among its 1.2 billion people, and particularly for children living in poor and marginalized communities.