About Us

  • The vision of Global Schools Forum is a world where all children have access to quality education.

  • Our mission is to support and represent non-state schools and school networks operating in low- and middle-income countries, so they are better able to deliver quality education to children from low income families.

  • We aim to do this by building and strengthening the non-state sector through increased collaboration, targeted expertise, influencing policy narrative, and building greater transparency.

We are an independent, not for profit membership organisation for pre-primary, primary and secondary schools and school networks. We are agnostic about our members’ financial model; whether they are for-profit, not-for- profit, fee-charging, free of cost, or operating in partnership with government.

We believe that government should be the guarantor, and not necessarily the sole provider of education. Cooperation and partnership between the non-state sector and governments can help deliver high quality education for all students.

Find out more about our members

How We Work

Encourage Collaboration. We provide opportunities for schools and schools networks to collaborate with one another and to network with researchers, funders and investors. We do this through our annual meeting, and by providing an online platform where members can network, collaborate, seek advice, share tools and resources and discuss shared challenges on an ongoing basis.
Provide Expertise. Being responsive to the needs of schools and school networks, we provide access to high quality expertise, talent and resources. This includes providing access to a pool of experts, regular webinars, a Fellowship Programme and a Jobs Board as well as Toolkits that members can access at any time.
Represent and Communicate. We provide a collective voice across the sector which includes communicating with stakeholders in the global education community such as multilateral and bilateral organisations and governments. We also develop and disseminate communication materials and share a repository of rigorous research.
Promote Common Metrics. We collect and share data on a set of basic metrics that members disclose, reporting on a regular basis. Over time we will collate a longitudinal dataset that contributes to the global evidence base on the non-state sector with the aim of bringing greater rigour and transparency to the sector.

Our Team

GSF is managed professionally by a small but growing team based in the UK.

Our Board

GSF reports to a Steering Committee consisting of representatives from our funders. They advise us and ensure we remain faithful to our vision and mission.
Susannah Hares
Allison Rohner
IDP Foundation
Omidyar Network
Owen Henkel
Duhn Davar
UBS Optimus

Our Funders

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Global Schools Forum is incubated by Ark Ventures, part of the education charity Ark. Ark Ventures incubates, launches and supports organisations that have the potential to deliver widespread change in education and society. Ark is registered in England as Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) as a company limited by guarantee number 04589451 and charity number 1095322.