Join UsOur members are non-state schools and school networks serving low and middle-income families and organisations that support these schools to scale their impact. Our members predominantly work in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South America, helping provide children with an excellent education.
If your school, school network or organisation aligns with the vision and mission of GSF, then we would love to hear from you.
Just click below and complete our Expression of Interest Form and we will be in touch.
Building a Strong Education SystemTogether with our members, we want to be part of building a strong education system where:
- Children from low income backgrounds have access to quality education regardless of their ability to pay, gender, religious affiliation or any other defining characteristic, delivered by government and/or non-state organisations
- Learning outcomes are measured and reported on regularly and consistently
- All schools are rigorous and transparent about intakes and results. This includes, but is not limited to, schools having clear admissions policies and fully publishing their results.
- Schools are independently evaluated for quality and learning and the outcomes are shared publically
- Schools promote student engagement, providing opportunities for leadership and voice
Our CommunityGSF is a dynamic, learning and growing community of like-minded education entrepreneurs who:
- Participate and contribute in discussions via our online Community Platform
- Bring their knowledge and expertise to GSF and actively share best practice with other members
- Disseminate information within their schools and networks to maximise impact
- Are ambassadors of GSF and invite others to join
- Make recommendations to improve existing services or suggest new ones
How We WorkBy partnering with members and our wider network, drawing on their collective expertise and experiences we develop and deliver services that build their capacity and strengthen their position in the education system globally.
We also work with our members to identify their needs and challenges and connect them with the best organisations, people and resources to meet and overcome these.
Our offer is delivered in the following ways:
Networks and CollaborationWe create a rich environment for building meaningful relationships and finding solutions to challenges through curating events such as our annual meeting and study tours, facilitating an online community, pairing organisations for mentoring relationships, promoting sharing and learning through working groups on specific topics such as per pupil cost comparison and providing jobs board and fellowships.
Communications and AdvocacyWe influence the reputation, funding and policy climate of the non-state sector through evidence-based communications, sharing stories of the excellent work of members, speaking at global events, demystifying the funding landscape and participating in policy dialogues recognising non-state schools as key providers of education to the poor.
Expertise and KnowledgeWe provide expertise to our members by developing, distilling and disseminating best-practice information on relevant topics like child protection, curriculum, pedagogy, educational technology and school management. We develop toolkits, run online professional development workshops, introduce members to experts and provide a database of academic, teacher planning and social-emotional learning resources.
Data and EvidenceWe 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 and a write State of the Sector report to contribute to the global evidence base on the non-state sector with the aim of bringing greater rigour and transparency to the sector. We also collate and raise the profile of current research on the non-state sector.
Member-only Online Community PlatformOur online community is accessible to all our members and includes:
- A forum, where you can network and collaborate with other schools and school networks in the non-state sector. Ask questions and share ideas and best practice on an ongoing basis
- Thematic interest groups, where you can engage in more specialized discussion within topic areas such as edTech, ECD and per pupil unit cost analysis
- Access to expertise, including expert Q&A sessions, GSF Fellowship Programme and a roster of consultants to meet your needs
- Access to tools and resources, including a media toolkit, designed specifically for our members, a job board and many other resources