- What is the Global Education Summit?
As a partnership and a fund, GPE brings together the global community every number of years to take stock of progress and raise vital funds for education. GPE is both the largest global fund solely dedicated to education and a unique, multi-stakeholder partnership. By mobilizing billions of dollars and convening hundreds of partners, GPE helps lower-income countries accelerate change so that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world.
The 2021 Global Education Summit is being co-hosted by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. The summit will be a platform for partners to chart a way forward to transform education systems in partner countries, through exchanging best practices, examining the latest evidence, hearing from experts and young people from around the world, as well as well as learning from what works in other sectors.
A central feature of the summit will be the ambitious pledges from donors to help GPE reach its target of at least $5 billion over 5 years, along with commitments from GPE partner countries on domestic financing for education. This is critical financing to help countries transform education systems for more than 1 billion girls and boys in up to 90 countries and territories around the world.
- When is the summit taking place?
The summit will take place on Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29, 2021.
- How do I register to attend?
Please register to attend via the summit portal using this link.
- What is the format of the summit?
The summit will use a hybrid format, with participants attending the live sessions online and a small in-person event in London (if travel restrictions allow).
In line with GPE's mission, attendance will reflect the inclusive and equitable principles of the partnership. If for any reason circumstances change, we will let you know immediately. We are working with the UK government to ensure the in-person event follows the latest COVID-19 safety protocols as per the UK government guidance. We will share details of the safety measures that will be in place nearer the time of the summit.
- Where is the in-person event taking place?
The small in-person event will be held in central London. For security reasons, we are unable to share the location at this time but will be sending out full information closer to the event.
- What COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place?
We are working directly with the UK government and will be confirming what COVID-19 safety measures will be in place once formal guidelines are published.
- What will happen if there cannot be an in-person event?
If, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person component of the event cannot take place, all content will be shown online with a fully accessible and inclusive program. We will publish the full program on our website in the near future.
- Will the summit be streamed online? Can anyone watch the summit?
Yes, the summit will be streamed with free access to all (the link will be published closer to the summit date). We encourage registration as registered participants will be able to access additional content with a larger set of events on demand and participate through chats and questions during the sessions.
- What are the languages of the summit?
The summit will take place in English, with simultaneous interpretation available in French, Spanish and Arabic.
- Who is invited to the summit?
The co-hosts and GPE have invited heads of State and senior government representatives from GPE partner countries, multilateral, CSOs, private sector and foundation representatives, education champions, influencers, youth and partners from other development sectors.
- Can journalists / members of the media attend?
Yes, GPE will be inviting members of the media to attend and they will be able to sign up via the registration portal as soon as it's available.
If you are attending in person, you will need to complete all registration fields and upload a passport style photo.
- What is the agenda for the summit?
We are putting together an exciting and inclusive program that will be published very soon.
- Can GPE partners host side events?
The deadline for side event submissions has now passed. The side events program will be included on the Global Education Summit site, live from July 19.
- Is there funding available to cover my travel costs?
The organizers are not in a position to fund travel and associated costs.
- How many people can travel in a partner country delegation?
The UK government will be issuing guidance for all those wanting to travel to the UK for the summit. We will update you on the agreed numbers for delegations once we have agreement with the FCDO. You may also want to consult your own country’s travel regulation before committing to travelling to London.
- Will GPE be providing assistance with obtaining visas / clearance to travel?
We are unable to support visa applications. Your invitation letter may be used as one of the supporting documents for the visa application process. It will be the participants’ responsibility to follow the necessary procedure to obtain a visa for the UK. Please ensure you have the correct documentations to travel.
- I have a specific dietary requirement/access issue, who do I tell?
During the registration process, you can add your specific requirements and our team will be in touch with you if needed to discuss in more detail.
- Where can I find out more information about the summit and GPE?
Please visit the GPE website for full updates on the summit.
If you have any questions or queries, please email