Monthly Roundup | June 2019


I wanted to let you know that I am sadly leaving GSF at the end of the month to move to the US and study International Education Policy with a focus on early childhood education. While I am excited for this next chapter, I will deeply miss working with you. It is GSF members like you that have made the past 1.5 years so memorable, interesting and fun.  

I remain inspired and humbled by the passion and dedication you bring to the work you do. Please do keep in touch! You can reach me on lamba.keya@gmail.com or +44 7378 286 899.

As always, please reach out with any questions, ideas or feedback.
All the best,

Member Highlights: #GSF2019 Annual Meeting
We hosted our fourth Annual Meeting from 15-17 May in Nairobi, Kenya – for the first time in a country where GSF has members – convening a group of 100 exceptional delegates from 46 countries across the globe.
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Upcoming Member Offers

Annual Member

GSF is a learning organisation. As part of being responsive to our members, we are conducting our first Annual Survey to get your feedback on your experience as a member. It will not take you more than ten minutes and the information will be invaluable to help us support you in a more differentiated and effective way!  Take the survey here by Friday, 12th July.


USAID is calling for Concept Papers that propose activities that will stimulate financing and innovation in the education sector. They will allocate between $10-40 million to fund one or more awards. We think there is an opportunity for the GSF network to collaborate and co-create a proposal for the USAID grant opportunity. If you are interested in joining this proposal or have ideas, please get in touch! View the opportunity here.
Unit Cost Group

Some of you have already been involved in our Unit cost per child joint working group and we wanted to provide another opportunity for members to join! We are keen to work towards a joint deliverable. One idea is to co-create a joint thought piece that discusses some of the different approaches our members use to calculate their per child unit cost. If you would like to join the group, please get in touch!

School Enterprise

Do you want to bring entrepreneurship and 21st century skills to your network of schools? The School Enterprise Challenge is an exciting FREE educational programme that supports schools around the world to set up their very own businesses. These businesses act as powerful educational tools, giving students and teachers practical, hands-on experience of planning, setting up and running a real business. Find out more here.

We are hiring for two exciting new roles: Programme Director and Membership Manager. Join our growing team! View our vacancies here. Please share widely with your networks.

What GSF has been up to...

GSF has updated our strategy, including incorporating your ideas and suggestions from the Annual Meeting. While we will continue to offer opportunities for collaboration and access to expertise, we will also build a stronger advocacy programme. Changes to our governance and membership have also been agreed and will be communicated later this year.
As mentioned above, we are recruiting for two new and exciting roles: Programme Director and Membership Manager. Please share widely with your networks!

GSF's abstract, 'The Non-State Sector and the Provision of Inclusive Education: Programmes, Partnerships and Potential', has been accepted for the UKFIET Conference in London in September. This symposium will raise the profile of the impact GSF members are having on inclusion.
GSF in the news
GSF director Aashti Zaidi Hai was featured in the Devex article "Education advocates claim 'groundbreaking' victory on latest GPE decision" where she decried the recently endorsed GPE Private Sector Strategy as potentially detrimental to government’s efforts to achieve global education goals. 

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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