Monthly Roundup | July 2019

As we come towards the end of our year at GSF, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back at what we have done and look forward to what is to come. We want to recognise the privilege of working with such a fantastic group of people and hearing stories of how our work and enabled your organisations to grow and develop. We loved meeting with many of you at the Annual Meeting in Nairobi, going on tour to India to learn the education ecosystem there, sharing in peer learning groups on Child Protection, Unit Cost Analysis and PPPs among others, connecting you to one another and to experts and journeying with you.

Thank you for continuing to inspire us as your work impacts the lives of some of the poorest children gloablly.

We hope you enjoy this Monthly Roundup.
All the best,
The GSF Team

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What's coming up?

New additions to the GSF team 

We sadly said goodbye to Keya last month and Tanya will be leaving us at the end of August, but we are delighted to announce that Morty Ballen will be joining the GSF team as Programme Director and Andreas Ioannou as Membership Manager. They will be getting in touch with you over the coming weeks as they settle in! Do look out for their emails.

New year, new strategy

The GSF Board approved our new strategy which includes a stronger and more proactive approach to advocacy and also supports us to build out our programmes to you in a more theme-based manner. Thank you for your input and feedback from our Annual Survey and following each of the activities we have delivered over the past year which we fed into this discussion. If you want to know more, do reach out to Aashti aashti.zaidi@globalschoolsforum.org. 
Teach A Man To Fish webinar

The School Enterprise Challenge is a free educational programme that teaches business and life skills and supports teachers and students to set up a REAL business at their school. You can read more about it here and join our webinar on Tuesday 20th August at 1pm UK Summertime. Do put it in your calendar and use this link to join on the day.

Fees Consultation


Do you want to see GSF grow, develop and support more organisations? Do you want to have more ownership of GSF as it does this? In September, we will be seeking your views on how we introduce fees and at what levels. This will be your opportunity to provide feedback to a pro bono team of consultants who are helping us develop a proposal that is responsive to our members and supports the sustainability of GSF.

Sharing your news and stories

We love receiving your newsletters and updates and retweeting and sharing what is going on for you. Recently we particularly liked this reflective piece from David Fu, CEO of Streetlight School, and a linked blog by Founder Melanie Smuts. We also found Opportunity International's report from their Global Education Finance Conference to be full of interesting comments and summaries.


If you have research, stories, reflective blogs that you would like to share, do let us know!

Highlights from the last year...

Membership Growth
We started the year with 31 members working with 10,500 schools and 600,000 students. We head towards the end of our year with 47 members working with 17,000 schools and 2.2 million children. Much of this growth is due to welcoming intermediaries into our membership - organisations who are working with individual schools. The growth and diversity of our membership is exciting and opens up more opportunities for learning and collaboration. See if there are any members you want to connect with here.
Events and tours
The GSF team have been in India, Kenya and San Francisco this year. African members took a deep dive into non-state education in India while members from around the globe gathered in Nairobi for our Annual Meeting. Both gatherings included events for the wider sector and lots of learning for members. Find out more about the Study Tour here and Annual Meeting here.

 Connecting across the network
We've heard that one of the most valuable aspects of being a member of GSF is the connections to other members, experts, funders and researchers, so we've been trying to track this over the last year. We think that we have facilitated over 400 connections for you, many of which, you've told us, have lead to learning and partnerships. Please keep telling us about the new relationships you are forming as part of GSF!
Increasing Advocacy
This year GSF has input into more consultations, articles and conferences than ever before. As we look to create a favourable policy environment for you to operate in, we've been working with DFID, USAID and UNICEF, challenging the Abidjan Principles, sharing at CIES and the Secondary Summit, inputting into the GEM consultation and giving comment to a number of Devex articles. If you know of anything else we should be engaging with, do let us know.

Research Summary
Long-Term Impacts of Alternative Approaches to Increase Schooling: Experimental Evidence from a Scholarship Program in Cambodia by Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Andreas de Barros and Deon Filmer. The RCT, the results of which were recently presented at the RISE Conference in Washington DC, examined the long-term effects of a primary school scholarship program in rural Cambodia. They looked at the impact – nine years after program inception – on educational attainment, cognitive skills, socioemotional outcomes, labour market outcomes, and well-being.
While they find systematic improvements in attainment, there was no impact on long-term cognitive or socioemotional outcomes. Interesting to note that a merit-based (as opposed to poverty-based) targeting strategy increased cognitive outcomes, especially for poorer students. They also reported positive effects on cognitive development for males. Finally, they found no impact on labour market outcomes, but positive effects on well-being, driven by recipients of the merit-based scholarships.
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