Global Education Summit program

Discover the program of the Summit on July 28 and 29, 2021, with key sessions and speakers. All times are London/BST.

Wednesday, July 28

  • 14:00 - Seizing the Opportunity for Change

    Opening message on the trends and patterns to consider to effectively set in motion transformation.

    • Mubuso Zamchiya, Managing Director, Luminos Fund
  • 14:07 - Bridging Resilience: New Ways of Thinking About Learning and Education Systems

    The COVID-19 induced education crisis is an opportunity to re-imagine a world in which education systems are designed around how best children learn. This conversation is a foray into the latest evidence from children’s cognitive development and how it informs the transformation of education systems.

    • Jo Bourne, Chief Technical Officer, GPE (moderator)
    • Rapelang Rabana, Founder of Rekindle Learning and Chairperson of Imagine Worldwide
    • Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, Ghana
  • Education’s Reset – devising a different learning journey

    Three short conversations to delve into what can be concretely transformed to improve education at the individual and systems level. Each reboot conversation features an ‘expert’ and a ‘doer’, bringing together the latest research and candid realism on the potential of transformation from the ground-up.

    • 14:40 - Reset 1 - Transforming the Child’s Learning Journey
      • Helen Dabu, Secretary General of the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (moderator)
      • Ranjitsinh Disale, Teacher at Zilla Parishad Primary School in India and 2020 Global Teacher Prize Winner
      • Sarah Bouchie, Chief Impact Officer, the LEGO Foundation
    • 15:05 - Reset 2 - An Education System Better Fit for Children
      • Hon. Colm Brophy, Minister of State for Overseas Development and the Diaspora, Ireland (moderator)
      • Didacus Jules, Director General, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States
      • Jane Mann, Managing Director, Cambridge Partnership for Education
    • 15:30 - Reset 3 - A Better and More Promising Use of Technology
      • Christopher Ashford, Senior Global Education Advisor, Microsoft Corporation (moderator)
      • Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Kenya
      • Victoria Tinio, Executive Director, Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development
  • 16:00 - On the Ground in COVID Times

    Video message from Salman Khan  on teaching, learning and everything in between that we learned during COVID

    • Salman Khan, Founder & CEO Khan Academy
  • 16:10 - Better Together – A Story of Change in Côte d’Ivoire

    Transforming education systems is a bold and ambitious goal, one that requires pooling expertise, resources and thought leadership. This case study is an example of how collaboration is at the heart of GPE’s new strategy to support countries to transform education systems. 

    This session is in French

    • Margarita Focas-Licht, Manager, Partnership Development and Effectiveness, GPE (moderator)
    • Sabina Vigani, Country Director for Jacobs Foundation, Côte d’Ivoire
    • Hon. Mariatou Koné, Minister of Education and Literacy, Côte d’Ivoire
  • 16:35 - Collaborating to Protect and Strengthen Education
    • Margarita Focas-Licht, Manager, Partnership Development and Effectiveness, GPE (moderator)
    • Robert Jenkins, Global Director of Education, UNICEF
    • Jaime Saaveedra, Global Director for Education, World Bank
    • Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • 14:00 - Intersectional Feminism: What’s Education Got to Do with It?

    A conversation highlighting the gender stereotypes that impede both boys and girls from achieving gender equality

    • Kate Gilmore, Carr Center Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Hon. David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sierra Leone
    • Bridget Akurut, GPE Youth Leader, Uganda (moderator)
  • 14:35 - Are You Listening?

    Four female youth advocates from Transform Education, a coalition of young feminist activists and youth-led networks hosted by UNGEI, call on world leaders to fund and support education that advances gender equality and climate justice.

    • Karimot Odebode
    • Alejandra Ramos Gómez
    • Phindu Zaie Banda
    • Asatha Singh Raghuvanshi
  • 14:40 - Beyond Norms: Challenging our Gendered Assumptions

    A relayed series of talks accompanied by powerful images that engage the audience and challenge gendered assumptions at every level of the ecosystem.

    • Armel Sly-vania, GPE Youth Leader, Comoros
    • Ziauddin Yousafzai, Co-founder and Board Member, Malala Fund
    • Dr. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Goodwill Ambassador to End Child Marriage, African Union
    • Arin Oniyide, Teacher, Straitgate Schools, Nigeria
    • Nafisa Baboo, Director of Inclusive Education, Light for the World
    • Hon. Stanislas Ouaro, Minister of Education, Burkina Faso
    • Dr. Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director, Together for Girls
  • 15:10 - Hardwiring Gender Equality: GRESP in Action

    The impact of gender responsive education sector plans on country sector planning, lessons learned from workshops and how we are supporting partners to address gender stereotypes and put gender at the center of their education sector planning.

    • Antara Ganguli, Director, UN Girls' Education Initiative
    • Dr. Martha Muhwezi, Executive Director, Forum for African Women Educationalists
    • Yona Nestel, Inclusive Quality Education Lead, Plan International
  • 15:20 - Wising up to Accelerate Gender Equality

    Active debate on the global priority of gender but lack of concrete progress, discussing the root causes of the poor progress on girls’ education, especially for poor girls and girls with disabilities.

    • Jo Bourne, Chief Technical Officer, GPE (moderator)
    • Yande Banda, Co-Chairperson, Transform Education
    • Diana Ayala, GPE Youth Leader, Honduras
    • Hon. Rangina Hamidi, Minister of Education, Afghanistan
    • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
    • Camilla Croso, Director, Education, Open Society Foundations
  • 16:05 - Pass the Mic: Raise your Hand for a More Equal Future

    A relay conversation with speakers sharing reflections and actions or commitments to build a gender-equal future.

    • Anh Duong, GPE Youth Leader, Vietnam
    • Mabel van Oranje, Global Champion, Girls Not Brides
    • Josephine Anan-Anokmah, Group Executive, Commercial Banking, Ecobank
    • Ruth Kagia, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Kenya
    • Helen Grant, Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Girls' Education, UK

Youth activist Farrah shares her key message: "I am the same child who needs an education to fully explore my economic and social potential, who will live through the effects of climate change, who needs to be safe and healthy and well-fed to live a full life."

  • 14:00 - Keynote – I Am the Same Child
    • Farrah, Youth Leader from Transform Education UNGEI
  • 14:05 - Unleashing the Power of a Healthy, Educated and Safe Child

    Perspectives from experts on linking in education with health, nutrition, protection, and safeguarding children's rights in emergencies. A case for why we need to work together.

    • Ola Abagun, GPE Youth Leader, Nigeria
    • Dr. Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance
    • Hon. Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Finland
    • Helle Thorning Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark and Board Co-Chair, End Violence Partnership
    • Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait
    • Emi Mahmoud, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
  • 14:35 - Foundations for a Greener Future

    A discussion on the effects of climate change on the lives of children, the disruption of education and what we can do to enhance climate resilience.

    • Selina Nkoile, GPE Youth Leader, Nashipai Founder, Kenya
    • Dr Raji Ambikairajah, Non-Executive Director and Australian Business Leader
    • Hon. Kitlang Kabua, Minister of Education, Sports and Training, Marshall Islands
  • 14:55 - We’re in This Together

    An inspirational address reflecting the desires and recommendations of young people on transforming education, especially to address climate change.

    • Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General Envoy on Youth
  • 15:00 - The Way Forward: Tackling Climate Change Through Education

    A conversation on the way forward for education's transformative agenda and links with the green economy and green jobs in the future.

    • Christina Kwauk, Non-Resident Fellow, the Brookings Institution
    • Hon. Agnes NyaLonje, Minister of Education, Malawi
    • Suzanne Ehlers, CEO, Malala Fund
    • Shradha Koirala, GPE Youth Leader, Nepal
    • Alok Sharma, President, COP26
  • 14:00 - The Future of Education Financing

    Business as usual will not suffice to build the workforce of the future; we need urgent action to ensure adequate funding for the education outcomes that will position countries to exploit their demographic dividend and strengthen competitiveness.

    • Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education
  • 14:10 - The Importance of Domestic Financing to Build Forward Better

    What can be done to protect and improve domestic financing for education, especially for girls, in the face strained budgets facing competing demands?

    • Mohamed Sidibay, GPE Youth Champion
    • Oliver Chinganya, Director, Africa Center for Statistics, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
    • Hon. Amb. Ukur Yatani Kanacho, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Planning Ministry, Kenya
  • 14:30 - Opportunity in Crisis for the Future We Want

    This intergenerational dialogue gives young people a platform to elevate their concerns about potential cuts to education budgets and the consequences for their generation of high debt burdens.

    • Maryjacob Okwuosa, GPE Youth Leader, Transform Education/UNGEI, Nigeria
    • Shradha Koirala, GPE Youth Leader, Nepal
    • Mukhtar Halilu Modibbo, GPE Youth Leader, Nigeria
    • Dr. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Board Chair, Action Aid International
  • 15:00 - Ensuring Education Spending Leaves No Child Behind

    How can we leverage disaggregated data and new analysis tools to build mechanisms that allocate financing to ensure quality learning for the most vulnerable and marginalized?

    • Jo Bourne, Chief Technical Officer, GPE (moderator)
    • Dr. Tulashi P. Thapaliya, Joint Secretary of the Planning and Monitoring Division of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal
    • Manos Antoninis, Director, UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report
    • Antara Ganguli, Director, UN Girls' Education Initiative
    • Rasheda Chowdhury, Executive Director, Campaign for Popular Education, Bangladesh
  • 15:35 - Grounding Spending Decisions in Evidence

    Five key components needed for an efficient and effective evidence-driven approach to education reform.

    • Dr. Anna Riggall, Head of Research, Education Development Trust
  • 15:40 - Smart Buys – Cost-Effective Approaches to Improve Global Learning

    Making the best possible use of limited resources starts with challenging conventional wisdom about what works to improve learning outcomes.

    • Dr. Rachel Glennerster, Chief Economist, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, UK
  • 15:50 - Teachers – The Not-So-Secret Sauce for Transformation

    This discussion highlights teachers’ role as the backbone of the education system, and how engaging teachers in prioritizing post-COVID workforce and learning environment solutions is central to ensuring that limited resources are spent wisely.

    • Dr. David Edwards, Secretary-General, Education International
    • Gifty Anyogbe Apanbil, Former Deputy Secretary General, Ghana Association of Teachers
  • 16:05 - Alignment, Harmonization and Innovation for Impact

    This exchange demonstrates the powerful results obtained when external partners work closely with each other and align their financing behind partner countries’ institutions, human resources, and priorities.

    • Margarita Focas-Licht, Manager, Partnership Development and Effectiveness, GPE (moderator)
    • Hon. Mamadou Talla, Minister of National Education, Senegal
    • Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer, Agence Française de Développement
    • Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Insights for Education Foundation
  • 16:35 - Voices From the Ground: Why Education Financing Truly Matters
    • Global Campaign for Education
  • 16:40 - Closing message
    • Joseph Nhan O’Reilly, Co-Founder and Executive Director, International Parliamentary Network for Education

Thursday, July 29

Time Session

Youth Leaders welcome participants and open the summit with a message on the stakes for global education

  • Sikemi Okunrinboye, GPE Youth Leader, ONE Youth Ambassador, UK
  • Cynthia Nyongesa, GPE Youth Leader, Generation Unlimited Youth Ambassador, Kenya


Official welcome by principals from governments of the United Kingdom, Kenya and GPE

  • Alice Albright, CEO, GPE
  • Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, United Kingdom
  • Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Kenya

A message from the President of Senegal
The greatest disruption to education in our generation
  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General, World Health Organization
  • Hon. Joyce Ndalichako, Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Tanzania
  • Peter Tabichi, Winner of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize, Kenya
  • Gabriela Bucher, Executive Director, Oxfam
  • H.E. Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor, African Union Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

A conversation between Malala Yousafzai, Julia Gillard, leaders from GPE partner countries and organizations, and GPE Youth Leaders

  • Malala Yousafzai, Co-founder, Malala Fund
  • Julia Gillard, Board Chair, GPE
  • H.E. Isatou Touray, Vice President of The Gambia
  • H.E. Mohamed Bazoum, President of Niger
  • H.E. Julius Maada Bio, President of Sierra Leone
  • H.E. Mohamed Hussein Roble, Prime Minister of Somalia
  • Audrey Azoulay, Director General, UNESCO
  • Selina Nkoile, GPE Youth Leader, Nashipai Founder, Kenya
  • Josephine Kamara, GPE Youth Leader, Purposeful, Sierra Leone
  • Sikemi Okunrinboye, GPE Youth Leader, ONE Youth Ambassador, United Kingdom


  • Edwin Ikhuoria, Africa Executive Director, ONE
  • John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States



  • Dr. Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, The World Bank
  • Masatsugu Asakawa, President, Asian Development Bank
  • Dr. Bandar Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank
  • Dr. Beth Dunford, Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
  • Benigno López Benítez, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank

A conversation with Ministers of Education from GPE partner countries

  • Hon. Rangina Hamidi, Minister of Education, Afghanistan
  • Hon. George Albert Omore Magoha, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Kenya
  • Hon. Agnes Nyalonje, Minister of Education, Malawi
  • Hon. Shafquat Mahmood, Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training, Pakistan
  • Hon. David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sierra Leone 

Partner countries pledge to increase volume, efficiency and equity of domestic financing for education


Representatives from private foundations present their increasing role in education and make pledges in support of GPE's work

  • Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, CEO, Dubai Cares
  • Fahad Al-Sulaiti, CEO, Education Above All
  • Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Insights for Education Foundation
  • Sabina Vigani, Country Director, Jacobs Foundation Côte d'Ivoire
  • Euan Wilmshurst, Head of Advocacy and Communications, GPE Board Member, LEGO Foundation
  • Cecilia Dougherty, President, Carlos F. Novella Foundation
  • Cristiana de Amenabar, Director, Carlos F. Novella Foundation
  • Camilla Croso, Director Education, Open Society Foundations
  • Salvador Paiz, President, Sergio Paiz Andrade Foundation


Hon. Wendy Morton, Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK
Message by Anthony Were, GPE Youth Leader, Humanity and Inclusion, Kenya




Heads of donor governments make pledges to GPE


A multistakeholder conversation on how we action change for girls in education systems

  • Helen Grant, Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, UK
  • Hon. Dag Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development, Norway
  • Ruth Kagia, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Kenya
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Dr. Vivian Asheri Kilo, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Basic Education, Cameroon
  • Faith Mwangi-Powell, CEO, Girls Not Brides
  • Maryjacob Okwuosa, GPE Youth Leader, Transform Education/UNGEI, Nigeria


GPE CEO Alice Albright discusses how gender equality is central to GPE's work


Business community leaders offer their perspectives on global education and launch new initiatives

  • Debbie Mavis, Group HR Director, Avanti
  • Chris Reeves , Vice President, Country Digitization, Cisco
  • Josephine Anan-Ankomah, Group Executive, Commercial Banking, Ecobank
  • Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa, Executive Director, Delta Philanthropies, CEO of Akello, Econet
  • Claudia Cortes Romanelli, Global Head SkillsBuild, CSR, IBM
  • Steve Beswick, Business Development Director, Education, Microsoft
  • Dr. David Armstrong, Consulting Partner,  PwC, UK
  • Zlatina Loudjeva, Consulting Partner, PwC, UK
  • Dr. Geeta Manek,  Trustee, Rotary Foundation


Partner countries pledge to increase volume, efficiency and equity of domestic financing for education


Introduced by Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education


Donor governments make pledges to GPE

A message from the President of Rwanda

Heads of State of GPE partner countries discuss the way forward for transforming education outcomes

  • H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana
  • H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
  • H.E. Lazarus Chakwera, President of Malawi
  • H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria
  • H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, Board Chair-elect, GPE



  • Julia Gillard,  Board Chair, GPE
  • Principal, Kenya
  • Principal, UK