Global Education Coalition

A multi-sector Coalition to protect the right to education during unprecedented disruption from response to recovery #LearningNeverStops
Members of the Coalition represent a wide range of expertise and competencies
Currently involved in 233 projects across 112 countries impacting 400 million learners and 12 million teachers
New actors are essential to respond to the multifaceted challenges of the education sector

200 Coalition Members

A new model

As the pandemic revealed and amplified inequalities in education, UNESCO quickly mobilized support to ensure the continuity of learning around the world by establishing the Global Education Coalition in March 2020. This multi-sector Coalition brings together 175 institutional partners from the UN family, civil society, academia, and the private sector working around three central flagships: Connectivity, Teachers and Gender EqualityThe Coalition uses a mission approach to achieve large-scale targets and as a way to operationalize actions: Global Skills Academy, Global Teacher Campus, and Global Learning House.


Making universal connectivity a reality
Empowering teachers and protect their status
Closing gender inequalities in education


Aims to equip 1 million youth with employability skills
Aims to help 1 million learners benefit from remedial learning in STEAM
Aims to provide 1 million teachers with remote learning skills
Global Skills Academy
Global Education Coalition member KPMG to launch new mentorship programme in India

Under the scope of the Global Skills Academy, KPMG, a member of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition, will launch a new mentorship initiative with the National Skill Development Corporation International (NSDCI) to support young graduates entering the labour market in India.

In the framework of KPMG International and UNESCO’s Cooperation on Youth Economic Empowerment Initiative launched in March 2022, KPMG professionals will provide the expertise and knowledge of 100 mentors based in the Indian firm. The initiative, which will be rolled out nationwide by the end of January, will see participating staff paired up with 100 young people from the NSDCI to help make them ‘job ready’.

This initiative “plays a key role in KPMG’s global strategy to support education and lifelong learning for disadvantaged young people,” said Tom Brown, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Special Adviser at KPMG International.

The KPMG mentors have three or more years of work experience, and many are professionally qualified graduates providing advisory services to large corporations in areas such as finance and forensic investigations services, for example. KPMG in India believes that the programme will provide the participating employees with a sense of purpose and give them the opportunity “to apply their everyday work skills in new ways that can directly benefit mentees’ lives and livelihoods.”

The mentees are existing and trained candidates from NSDCI – India’s centre for skills’ development and a member of the UNESCO – UNEVOC network. Aged between 18 and 25, they are both male and female degree or diploma holders, undergraduates, and graduates from different training streams.

During the recruitment phase, NSDCI ensured an equal gender representation, with priority given to young people who would not otherwise have the means to participate in such programs.  

Paramananda Santra, Deputy General Manager of international cooperation at NSDCI, explained that “Despite their varied qualifications and skills, many young people still struggle to find a suitable job due to their lack of specific soft or workplace skills, including interview preparation, resume writing, and communication.”

The mentoring programme, which will run for six months, will focus on equipping candidates with the skills that they will need to progress and be successful in their professional journey. Each pair will meet virtually every one to three weeks on Volunteer Vision’s digital classroom to ensure regular engagement and monitoring of progress. The use of the online mentoring software is critical in maximizing the scale and reach of the programme.

KPMG is a member of the Global Education Coalition and one of 22 partners contributing directly to the work of the Global Skills Academy (GSA). The GSA mission is to provide access to free and demand-driven online training opportunities to support 10 million learners by 2029 to increase their employability and resilience in a changing labour market.

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Our time
We are at a critical point in the global response to COVID-19 – we need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe and to enhance resilience of every society and every family. School closures are part and parcel of the increasingly stringent measures taken by governments to contain the spread of the virus. Today, 1.2 billion students and youth in 124 countries are affected by school and university closures. The responsibility of education is to keep learning processes for all learners and leave no one behind.
Our mission
We are committed to maintaining educational equity and inclusion as governments seek to provision teaching and learning opportunities to students through alternative means during periods of school closures. School closures have a long history of exacerbating learning inequities and hurting the most vulnerable children and youth disproportionately. This coalition is dedicated to working with governments to find solutions to leave no one behind and elevate the importance of equity and gender equality in educational responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
Our coalition
We are United Nations agencies, international organizations, private sector, civil society representatives actively engaged in advancing COVID-19 Education Response from around the world are joining forces to provide expertise, strategic direction, resources and leadership, and engage at global, regional and countries levels.
Our commitments
We commit collectively to: - Advocate and mobilize to bring actors and resources on board for an effective and unified response; - Coordinate among ourselves to maximize impact of interventions and avoid overlap with a view to reaching the most disadvantaged and those at risk of being excluded during this crisis; - Match national needs and global solutions by brining global and local (national) partners together for effective and immediate solutions addressing connectivity and content challenges; - Offer free and secure technological solutions to countries by providing radio, television and online digital tools and learning management solutions where national digitalized education resources can be uploaded and learning processes organized for use by schools, learners, teachers and parents. Such facilities ensure that countries have control over the development of courses, recommended resources, platforms aligned to national curricula and security and privacy of learners and teachers.

How the Coalition Works

step 1
on-the-ground needs with local and global solution
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actors and resources to develop effective and unified responses
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action to maximize impact and avoid overlap and reach the disadvantaged
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distance education, leveraging hi-tech, low tech and no tech approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the obligations of Coalition members?
Members commit to: (a) supporting one or more of the Coalition’s three objectives, (b) responding to UNESCO requests, and (c) working cooperatively with other Coalition members to ensure impactful and coordinated responses at the global, regional, and country levels.
How does my organization join the Coalition?
If your organization would like to join the Coalition and can make commitments to advance progress toward one or more of the Coalition’s objectives, please send an email to In your message, please explain, in detail, what strengths your organization would bring to the Coalition and what it can do to support the education response to COVID-19, taking account of Coalition priorities.
Can education stakeholders make direct requests to Coalition members?
No, requests should be directed through national authorities to UNESCO. This will help ensure a coordinated response and active engagement of countries and ministries of education.
How does the Coalition decide where to deploy assistance and resources?
Decisions about how and where to deploy assistance are based on three factors: (a) country needs on the ground, (b) the resources of Coalition members, and (c) the potential for impact with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups. UNESCO assesses all requests received from countries and works to match them with commitments and offers of assistance from Coalition members. All deployments are demand-driven.
What is the role of governments in the Coalition?
Governments can request assistance from the Global Coalition via formal correspondence to UNESCO. Governments wishing to support Coalition objectives or flagships should contact the UNESCO Secretariat.
What happens to the Coalition when schools reopen?
The Coalition will remain vibrant and active. Two of the three Coalition objectives are relevant when schools reopen. Coalition members will help ensure a full and equitable return to school and, beyond this, build the resilience of education and training systems for the future. Coalition members, depending on their commitments, will continue helping countries and other stakeholders apply lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as carry forward investments made during the crisis in line with Sustainable Development Goal #4.
What is UNESCO’s relationship to the Global Education Coalition?
UNESCO founded the Coalition and set its objectives and priorities. The Coalition is an agile platform with open coordination methods. UNESCO’s role is to broker and facilitate cooperation, build synergies and match country needs with the contributions and services of Coalition members.
How is the Coalition assuring the security and privacy of student data when shifts to distance learning are required?

All members of the Global Coalition for Education Response to COVID-19 have also committed to an ethic of do no harm in their treatment of data related to learning. UNESCO has also encouraged them to adhere to four principals protect learner information, privacy and security