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About Us
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Photo courtesy of Building Tomorrow, Uganda

We believe that all children should have access to quality education.

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Our mission


We aim to strengthen the education sector by working with non-state organisations in developing countries who are serving children from low income backgrounds.

Our mission


We aim to strengthen the education sector by working with non-state organisations in developing countries who are serving children from low income backgrounds.


What We Do



We bring together a thriving global network that supports our members to deliver quality education and facilitate a more supportive policy and funding environment for the non-state sector to transform student outcomes.


We focus on four core activities to deliver this:









Networks and collaboration

We have assembled a top-class global network of individuals and organisations passionate about improving education for the poorest children. We create a rich environment for building meaningful relationships and finding solutions to challenges.

We hold Annual Meetings, bringing together leaders of schools and school networks, intermediary organisations, investors, donors and key stakeholders in the education sector to deepen relationships and engage in collaborative problem-solving, run study tours to deepen peer-to-peer learning and facilitate ongoing collaboration opportunities.
Expertise and knowledge

We provide expertise to our members by sharing best-practice information on relevant topics like child protection, curriculum, pedagogy, educational technology and school management. For example, we curated a Child Protection Toolkit which featured global experts and continue to support our members in this area. We compile databases of global Service Providers and Tools & Resources drawn from, and shared with, our members.
Shape and influence global dialogue

Through evidence-based communications, recognising non-state schools as key providers of education to the poor, we influence the reputation, funding and policy environment. We engage in education sector consultations influencing for example, the Human Rights Guiding Principles on Private Actors in Education Consultation, the USAID Draft Education Policy and the Global Education Monitoring report.
Data and Evidence

To improve rigour and transparency in the sector, we report on a set of basic metrics that members disclose.
We plan to administer our Annual Census to gather data on our member organisations including their scale, quality and impact. We hope this will contribute to a more transparent sector. We will also collate research, policy briefs and reports relating to the non-state sector to make it available for members.
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Our Story

Non-state sector involvement in education is growing through a vibrant mix of non-profit, for-profit and faith-based organisations.

These schools can expand access and improve learning outcomes for some of the most marginalised children and those from low-income backgrounds.

Our Story

Non-state sector involvement in education is growing through a vibrant mix of non-profit, for-profit and faith-based organisations.

These schools can expand access and improve learning outcomes for some of the most marginalised children and those from low-income backgrounds.

Sustainable Development Goal #4



"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."

If we are serious about meeting this goal, the importance of non-state provision in education globally is simply too large to ignore.
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263 million children are still out of school

Globally we have an education crisis.

263 million children are still out of school

Globally we have an education crisis.
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1/4 children in low-income countries attend a non-state school

The non-state sector is able to help.

1/4 children in low-income countries attend a non-state school

The non-state sector is able to help.
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250 million children are in school but not learning

Sadly, learning outcomes are still extremely low across both private and state schools.

250 million children are in school but not learning

Sadly, learning outcomes are still extremely low across both private and state schools.
To change this, several passionate entrepreneurs have established innovative schooling models to deliver high-quality education at an affordable cost. Relationships and knowledge are essential to enable these pioneers to impact more children.

GSF exists to meet this need!




 

“While we understand the need for governments in developing countries to commit to ensuring quality public education for all, we are resolute that 'education cannot wait'. We cannot leave our children devoid of an education while we continue to advocate for free public education. Private schools for the poor exist and these schools can serve as an unconventional pathway to ensuring education for all.”
Olanrewaju Oniyitan, SEED




Our Team

GSF is managed professionally by a small but growing team based in the UK.
Aashti Zaidi Hai
Director

Aashti Zaidi Hai has been leading GSF since its inception.

Prior to this role, Aashti oversaw a portfolio of education investments at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the world’s largest philanthropy that focuses specifically on improving children’s lives.

She previously managed the education programme in India for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). Aashti worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she coordinated EdStats, collecting and disseminating international data on over 150 education indicators.

Aashti graduated from Smith College and Georgetown University.

Morty Ballen
Programme Director

Morty Ballen joined the GSF team in August 2019

Prior to this role, Morty was the Founder and CEO of Explore Schools, a network of public charter schools in central Brooklyn, New York.

Morty started his career as an English Language Arts teacher, teaching in Louisiana, South Africa and New York City. In 2002, he founded Explore Charter School with the mission of providing its students with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school. Morty led Explore Charter’s expansion efforts to establish Explore Schools which today serves 2,000 low-income students in 8 schools. Since Explore’s inception, over 1,000 graduates have matriculated into college-prep high schools.

Peter Colenso
Senior Advisor

Peter is Senior Adviser to GSF.

He works as a consultant in international education and health. Peter worked previously for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and for DFID, where he was latterly Head of the Human Development Department in DFID’s Policy Division. Peter has worked as an education specialist in Africa, Asia and the Balkans. He has degrees from Oxford, LSE and Sussex.



Our Board

GSF reports to a Board which consists of representatives from each of our funders.
They advise us and ensure we remain faithful to our vision and mission.
Allison Rohner Lawshe
John Soleanicov
Michael Clark
Owen Henkel
Shikha Goyal
Titise Kode