DUBAIUnited Arab Emirates, November 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The first global agency for the K-12 independent education sector — the Global Independent Schools Association (GISA) — launched today with an urgent call for more knowledge-sharing between the independent sector and governments to improve education for all .

The hope of GISA is decisive Make its voice heard as a valued partner in achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4): ensure inclusive and equitable and quality education for all by 2030.

This global The association aims to coordinate, represent and give a voice to the global independent K-12 education sector that educates 350 million children around the world. It aims to become the voice for independent education, present its impact and acts as a resource for the world’s governments and global institutions Tap, speak up and lean on in times of crisis.

It will provide a forum for the industry to share their extensive accumulated knowledge and expertise within the independent industry. At the same time, it is aimed at Work with policymakers and governments around the world to help improve standards in schools of all backgrounds, whether public, independent or third sector.

Speaking in support of GISA Begin, Andrew Schleicher, The Director for Education and Skills of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said: “Getting the independent sector to speak up for the greater good is hugely important. Tomorrow’s economy will treat those without strong education and future skills unforgivingly. Unless the independent sector joins others – governments, corporations, NGOs – in figuring out how we educate and upskill a new generation, valuable expertise remains in silos and solutions are lost.”

Founder of GEMS Education, Sunny Varkeywho also created the annual Global Teacher Prize and is a signatory of the Giving Pledge, brought together leaders from the global independent education sector to found the new body from the back September the UN General Assembly, where it was increasingly clear that the time to achieve SDG4 is running out.

Mister Varkey, Founder of GISA said: “The window of opportunity is fast closing to fulfill the promise of giving every child their birthright to a good education by 2030. Until now, there has been a gap in global independent sector representation and a lack of coordinated efforts to find solutions to this urgent crisis. GISA members will be as diverse as the communities they serve, bringing their frontline experiences to children’s education across all possible income scales, cultures and borders. GISA will also become a true partner in implementing SDG4, supporting policymakers and facilitating collaboration between its members to continue to innovate and transform education for the common good. Together we will work with governments to help them achieve their education and economic goals.”

For the first time, some of the leading names in independent K-12 education worldwide have come together to form this new body. GISA’s Board of Directors, which will set strategic direction, includes: Andrew FitzmauriceCEO of North Anglia Education; Sunny Varkey, Founder of GISA; Nadim NsouliFounder, Chairman and CEO of Inspired Education; Frank Maassen; Group CEO of Cognita; Brian Rogove, Group CEO of XCL Education; and Dino Varkey, Group CEO of GEMS Education. The association started with a call to action to attract members from around the world, whether it’s a one-room private school in a low-income country, a school run by a charity or foundation, or a school working within a multinational chain.

Influential Education luminaries have also agreed to join the GISA Advisory Board to help shape its strategy and direction. Members include Victoria Colbert, Former Deputy Minister of Education of Colombia and Executive Director of the Fundación Escuela Nueva; Mister Anthony Seldon, former Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University; professor LiWeiDirector and Dean of UCL Institute of Education; Vijay KumarManaging Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab WITH; dr Siva Kumari, former Director General of the International Baccalaureate; and Trevor RowellChairman of the Council of British International Schools.

Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO of Nord Anglia Education and Chair of the Board of GISA said: “Independent schools are often centers of innovation, introducing new methods, pedagogical styles and technologies. GISA members can provide significant insight and best practices that can be shared for the benefit of government and independent schools everywhere. From important areas such as supporting teachers’ professional development to the latest uses of technology in teaching and learning, by working together we can make an even greater impact on education.”

professor LiWei, Director and Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society at UCL said: “Meeting the SDGs on education is an urgent priority for individuals and societies around the world to support human thriving and economic prosperity. We need to to promote dialogue between all parties aimed at improving access to, experiences and outcomes of education, to exchange evidence and experiences at the forefront, in the single-minded pursuit of progress for all learners.

With 35 percent of children in the least developed countries (as classified by the UN), according to the World Bank, GISA, attend schools in the non-governmental sector and 18 percent in fragile and conflict-affected situations especially hopes to share the impact and innovations of these schools to help provide quality education in parts of the world where it is most needed. GISA considers this more important as data shows that students worldwide are, on average, eight months behind where they would have been due to the pandemic (McKinsey, 2022).

Become a GISA member be able Share knowledge, create resources together and get access to cutting-edge research and reports, innovative workshops and renowned events. GISA too aims to keep an annual conference bringing together governments, businesses, NGOs and leading thinkers once a year for a high-level discussion of how one accelerate the achievement of the goal quality education for all.

For more information on GISA, please contact:
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SOURCE Global Independent Schools Association (GISA)

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