The voices of teachers are critical to the international response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Varkey Foundation’s “Global Teacher Prize Ambassadors” are joining the Global Coalition and will support its work in different countries, to bridge the gap between the classroom and the international community.

Varkey Foundation

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Non-profit organization
Established : 2010
Education and COVID-19 Response

Support the equitable continuation of learning
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensure a full and fair return to education
Following the pandemic
Strengthen learning systems
For the future
Supporting and empowering educators

The Varkey Foundation is offering significant advocacy and communication support to the Global Coalition and is promoting the work of the coalition in the international media and in key national markets. More broadly, the Varkey Foundation is promoting the work of the Global Coalition through its Global Teacher Prize Ambassador network of world-class teachers, as well as its Atlantis Group of former education ministers and heads of government.

Regional Focus


Countries of Interest

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Argentina, United Arab Emiratess

Member Video

The Varkey Foundation is a globally focused education charity that works to ensure that every child has a good teacher.

Today, the foundation works across four key areas: building the status of teachers through our annual $1 million Global Teacher Prize; supporting school leaders; engaging with governments; and fostering innovation. To further our work in these areas, the Varkey Foundation has built global advocacy networks of teachers and former education ministers and government leaders.

Today, the foundation is leveraging these networks to support the Global Coalition. Our Global Teacher Prize Ambassadors, a network of world-class teachers, are signing up to join the Global Coalition and to ensure that the voices of teachers are heard in the international response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Our Atlantis Group, a network of former education ministers and government leaders, are supporting the Global Coalition’s work through their advocacy. The Varkey Foundation will also offer additional advocacy support to the Global Coalition.

Action areas

Capacity Development

Capacity development to strengthen system resilience and response to future shocks

Advocacy and Communication

Outreach to parents and communities on the right to education
Back-to-school campaigns

Primary Contact

Ms. Nicole Lui

Executive Director

Senior Contact

Mr. Nicholas Piachaud

Head of Advocacy and Analysis