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Our Stories


Hear from, and about, us and our members as we share our thoughts on the non-state sector and education more broadly.


COVID-19 and the non-state education sector

A large and growing share of children in developing countries are educated outside of government schools – what will happen to these schools and their students in the current pandemic?


1 April 2020

Experiencing GSF’s Peer Review from the Host Organisation’s Perspective

Bailey Thomson Blake, Chief of Schools at SPARK, invited peers from the GSF cohort to serve as critical friends and examine her organisation’s approach to support and develop Principals. In this post, she details her experience of hosting the pilot study.
31 March 2020

GSF Peer Review Pilot: Takeaways

Francesa Horn, Education and Partnerships Officer at PEAS, talks about her experience of the pilot peer-review organised by GSF in collaboration with three of its member organisations.


27 March 2020

GSF’s Spotlight on Talent: Member Voices

GSF organised an in-person Spotlight on the theme of Talent. This blog shares the perspectives of three members who attended the event.



26 March 2020

GSF’s Inaugural Spotlight on Talent

Talent: it’s one of those topics that is absolutely critical for every GSF member to better understand and manage, regardless of their specific context.



6 March 2020

GSF Pilots a Peer Review Process to Support and Strengthen School Leadership

GSF’s role, in part, is to foster learning experiences between and among members which will ultimately help and strengthen their efforts.


6 March 2020



An Update from GSF’s latest event on Non-State Actors in the Education Sector

On the 20 January, with the support of the Omidyar Network, GSF co-hosted an event with the Education Partnerships Group (EPG) and the authors of ‘Beyond the Mirage’ on the complementary role of non-state actors in delivering quality basic education.
30 January 2020

Call for Contributions to 2021 GEMR

As many of you know, the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR) is THE big annual report in international education, submitted by a UNESCO-housed but editorially-independent team.


17 January 2020

#TeachersTransformLives: new campaign ahead of World Teachers Day

We know that teaching is one of the most important professions in the world.




3 October 2019

Andrew McCusker on ‘School, Cricket and Corporate Finance’

I was a lucky kid. I grew up in Geelong, a thriving port city just outside Melbourne, Australia, with a loving family and plenty of opportunities around me.
30 September 2019

Top 10 Moments of GSF 2019

As a first time attendee of the GSF Annual Meeting I was thrilled to take part in a conference that brings so many people together from around the world.


17 June 2019

From Nairobi to Nepal: Global Schools Forum characterized by its Delegates’ Passion and Experience

My name is Morty Ballen. I am an American, and similar to the 100 delegates representing 46 countries
13 June 2019

GSF2019 Annual Meeting Report

The Global Schools Forum (GSF) Annual Meeting, now in its fourth year, took place from 15 - 17 May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya – for the first time in a country where GSF has members.
30 April 2019

GSF Annual Meeting: 15-17 May 2019

Now in its fourth year our Annual Meeting will continue to focus on what it takes to build high performing schools and school networks.
15 February 2019

Guest Blogpost: Leading the Way Forward

Natalie Lamprell | Director of Curriculum & Teacher Development at Rising Academy Network

18 December 2018

GSF hosted its inaugural Study Tour from 19-23/11/18 in Mumbai and Delhi, India.

The purpose of this study tour was for the delegates who attended to visit schools in a new country and context.

17 December 2018

Kruti Bharucha on moving into non-profit school management

I can remember being asked at the age of ten what I wanted to be when I grew up.


30 November 2018

Guest Blogpost: the value of knowledge sharing between operators

A recent article warning against the dangers of ‘policy shopping’ (visiting countries and picking policies to take home) sprung to mind
2 October 2018

Umesh Malhotra on transforming the way education is delivered in India

When I started my career, I had absolutely no intention of opening an education organisation.

28 September 2018

Maria Adelaida Lopez on the power of early childhood education to transform lives

When I was younger, I had two dreams. One was to become a teacher and the other to become an artist.

30 August 2018

Melanie Smuts on schools influencing and changing the fabric of society

School was a very positive experience for me that shaped my thinking around the potential for education to influence society.

27 July 2018

Guest Blogpost: Is quality education for all a close reality?

Dhun Davar | Program Manager, Education at UBS Optimus Foundation

4 July 2018

Guest Blogpost: Putting 21st Century and Social-Emotional Skills at the Core of your Approach

David Fu | Chief Operating Officer at Streetlight Schools
2 July 2018

Chinezi Chijioke on developing generations of African innovators and leaders

I recently became a Nova Pioneer parent myself.
20 June 2018

GSF 2018 Annual Meeting Report

The GSF Annual Meeting, now in its third year, took place from 2-4 May 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland


22 May 2018

Guest blogpost: Culture > Strategy

Mainak Roy Education Enthusiast | Co-Founder and CEO at Simple Education Foundation | Acumen Fellow | Teach For India Fellow

21 May 2018

Guest blogpost: Collaboration, Learning, and New Partnerships at Global Schools Forum 2018

We are confident that our partnership with GSF will help increase the network’s impact on the IDP Rising Schools Program.
21 May 2018

Stacey Brewer on SPARK as a catalyst for change in South Africa

Tell me about yourself and about your journey to becoming an education entrepreneur?

16 April 2018