Initiatives of Change (IofC)
Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a global movement of people who are changing the world for the better, starting with themselves. IofC is active in over 60 countries, including the UK. We inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs. Our work focuses on:
- Ethical leadership: developing a leadership culture based on moral integrity, compassion and selfless service.
- Sustainable living: working for economic justice and environmental sustainability through the transformation of motives and behaviour.
- Trust building through honest conversation and forgiveness.
Our vision is of a just, peaceful and sustainable world to which everyone, responding to the call of conscience, makes their unique contribution. Our mission is to inspire, equip and connect people to play their part in building a better society. Our values are honesty, unselfishness, love and purity of heart as practical tests for motives and daily actions. Our core practice is listening in silence to divine inspiration or the inner voice as a source of truth and renewal.
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Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility (CTEF)
The CTEF was established at the 16th Conference of Education Ministers held in Cape Town in 2006. The facility was created to help minister with education policy advice and guidance and to help higher education institutions with strategy, governance and management.
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
Hosted by the Government of Canada and headquartered in Burnaby, Canada, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is the world’s only intergovernmental organisation solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning. COL was created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. It supports developing nations to improve access to quality education and training.
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The Commonwealth Foundation is a development organisation with an international remit and reach, uniquely situated at the interface between government and civil society. It develops the capacity of civil society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives. It strives for more effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation with a view to improve development outcomes.
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Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC)
The Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC), a parliament based NGO, was founded over 50 years ago, at the time of the first Commonwealth Education Ministers’ Conference. Its purpose is to create an informed public opinion on the salient issues concerning education and training in the Commonwealth and to identify appropriate ways in which Britain and the European Union can best contribute to their development.
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Commonwealth Consortium for Education (CCfE)
The Commonwealth Consortium for Education was established by a group of education-related Commonwealth NGOs to coordinate their efforts on behalf of Commonwealth education, to stimulate more coherence in their work, and to provide a collective mechanism for interaction with ministries and official Commonwealth organisations. Initial activities focused on making representations to Commonwealth Governments regarding the place of education in future Commonwealth priorities and programmes at the time of the Coolum summit meeting in 2002.
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Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF)
The CGEF helps girls to complete their secondary or high school education in their own Commonwealth country in cases where, for economic reasons, this might not otherwise be possible.
Support (both financial and encouragement) is tailored to the individual needs of each girl based on their academic potential, individual merit and personal situation.
Support may cover school and examination fees, safe transportation, school meals, compulsory uniforms and books, etc.
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Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
A UK-registered charity, the ACU has over 500 member institutions in developed and developing countries across the Commonwealth. Drawing on the collective experience and expertise of our membership, the ACU seeks to address issues in international higher education through a range of projects, networks, and events. The ACU administers scholarships, provides academic research and leadership on issues in the sector, and promotes inter-university cooperation and the sharing of good practice – helping universities serve their communities, now and into the future.
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Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)
The Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) is a network of small countries committed to the collaborative development of free content resources for use in an educational context. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) co-ordinates the development of the Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth on behalf of Commonwealth Ministers of Education.
UNICEF supports development of national capacities to reduce gender and other disparities and discrimination against children who are out of school. UNICEF works with governments and the international development community to advance human rights, and achieve the MDGs and the Education for All (EFA) goals. At the international level, it is part of four core partnerships that work to accelerate progress towards achievement of MDG 2 (universal primary education) and MDG 3 (gender equality).
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United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
UNESCO’s educational objectives are to support the achievement of Education for All (EFA); to provide global and regional leadership in education; to strengthen education systems worldwide from early childhood to the adult years; to respond to contemporary global challenges through education. UNESCO’s work encompasses educational development from pre-school through to higher education, including technical and vocational education and training, non-formal education and literacy. It focuses on increasing equity and access, improving quality, and ensuring that education develops knowledge and skills in areas such as sustainable development, HIV and AIDS, human rights and gender equality. It coordinates the Education for All movement, tracks education trends and raises the profile of educational needs on global development agendas.
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The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and builds trust between them worldwide. It works in over 100 countries, connecting millions of people with the United Kingdom through programmes and services in the English language, the Arts, Education and Society. Its work in education helps transform national education systems, builds more inclusive and open societies and increases young people’s opportunities. It also brings schools around the world together so young people and teachers from different countries can share with and learn from each other.
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UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNEVOC)
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training acts as part of the United Nations mandate to promote peace, justice, equity, poverty alleviation, and greater social cohesion. The Centre assists Member States develop policies and practices concerning education for the world of work and skills development for employability and citizenship, to achieve: access for all, high quality, relevant and effective programmes, and learning opportunities throughout life.
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United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)
UNGEI is a partnership of institutions that embraces the United Nations system, donor agencies, international financial institutions, civil society and the private sector, with the aim of bringing more girls to school. The initiative works at global, regional and country levels to ensure that girls receive a quality education that prepares them to be full and active participants in their societies. UNGEI focuses on policy advocacy efforts in four key areas: marginalized and excluded groups; reduction/elimination of school-related gender-based violence; improved learning outcomes for girls; and girls transitioning to secondary education and accessing post-primary opportunities.
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A World at School
With the number of out-of-school children on the rise, A World at School is magnifying the efforts of all organisations working to get all children into school and learning. A World at School is an international campaign with a diverse team from several countries with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Launched in 2013, it is a movement of hundreds of thousands of people from more than 250 civil society, teacher, faiths, youth, business, international and non-governmental organisations. It has 500 Global Youth Ambassadors campaigning in 85 countries across the globe. It supports education initiatives such as GEFI through its digital platform, events, and campaign partnerships. Both aim to get 57 million children into school and learning by 2015.
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ActionAid works in over 5,000 communities across the world, empowering them and supporting organisations at all levels to remove barriers to help all children realise the full potential of education. Its education work focuses on four key areas: promoting rights in schools, financing education, girl’s education and violence, and empowerment through literacy.
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Brookings Center for Universal Education
Founded in 2002, the Center for Universal Education is one of the leading policy centers focused on universal quality education in the developing world. It develops and disseminates effective solutions to achieve equitable learning, whereby all children and youth are able to access a quality education that supports their lifelong learning and development. The center plays a critical role in influencing the development of new international education policies and in transforming them into actionable strategies for governments, civil society and private enterprise. The Centre is engaged in three broad areas: improving education resources and learning outcome, influencing the global education agenda to 2015 and beyond, and advancing quality education in conflict context.
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The Centre for Commonwealth Education
The Centre for Commonwealth Education within the Faculty of Education received significant funding over the period 2007-2014 from the Commonwealth Education Trust. The Commonwealth Education Trust and the University of Cambridge established the Centre within the Faculty of Education to make a vibrant contribution to primary and secondary education, and to initial and continuing teacher education, throughout the Commonwealth. The Centre for Commonwealth Education at the Faculty of Education is no longer active but projects developed during the life of the Centre are archived on the website of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and offers a wealth of reference material. Enquiries about the projects can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation was established in January 2004 by Chris and Jamie Cooper-Hohn. The co-founders set out to demonstrably improve the lives of children living in poverty in developing countries through strategies that have lasting impact. With a rigorous business-like approach to philanthropic funding, the foundation was focused on clear returns for children from the outset. The emphasis on data to measure impact has been widely adopted by other development funders. The co-founders’ extraordinary generosity, energy and vision have created one of the UK’s largest charities. With an endowment of over $4 billion and a commitment to urgent transformational change for children, the foundation is constantly seeking ways to increase impact at scale.
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Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME)
CASTME links science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators across the Commonwealth. CASTME works in partnership to do research, support awards and scholarships, and run projects in Commonwealth countries.
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Commonwealth Education Trust (CET)
CET is built on the premise that education is the foundation for development. Its purpose is to advance primary and secondary education across the Commonwealth with a strong focus on teacher professional development. It encourages innovation and shares best practice from across the Commonwealth to assist teachers and young people develop the understanding and skills to contribute to the development of sustainable communities.
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Commonwealth Institute for Infrastructure Development
CIID was formed in 2012 by a team with expertise in the main dimensions of infrastructure development and with experience of projects in the Commonwealth who identified a gap in implementation capability in infrastructure projects and the need for a joined-up approach to planning, implementation and support in infrastructure development.
The founders of CIID have created a core team of infrastructure experts, and have expanded their resources and capability through partnerships and other agreements with other organisations, universities and business schools and experienced professionals.
Commonwealth Teacher's Group (CTG) and Education International (EI)
The Commonwealth Teachers’ Group (CTG) operates under the auspices of Education International (EI), the world wide teachers’ body representing over 30 million teachers in more than 160 countries. A group of organisations meeting informally at the EI World Congress in Jomtien 2001 agreed that a paper be drafted which sought to address the issue of establishing a Commonwealth Teachers’ Grouping for unions affiliated to Education International. The CTG was formally launched at the 16th Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers in Cape Town in December 2006.
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Commonwealth Youth Development Index
The Commonwealth Youth Development Index (YDI) measures the status of young people in 170 countries around the world. Youth development can be understood as the process by which young people, aged 15–29, are able to meet the requirements necessary to build successful adolescent and adult lives. It incorporates physical, social, cognitive and vocational opportunities and development.
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Educate a Child
Launched in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, Educate A Child (EAC), a program of the Education Above All Foundation, is a global program that aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide who are denied their right to education. EAC’s approach and work through its partners around the world are in line with GEFI’s goal to bring together a broad spectrum of actors by 2015 to ensure universal access to primary education. EAC supports GEFI’s efforts to make quality education a central part of the global development agenda. EAC’s efforts to mobilize $1 billion in education financing contribute to the GEFI goal of generating additional funding for education.
Education Above All Foundation
Based in Doha, Qatar, Education Above All Foundation was founded by official decision on 17 October 2012. It aims to build a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through quality education and other welfare programmes and initiatives. With a particular focus on areas affected by poverty, conflict and disaster, it champions the needs of children and women and empower them to be active members of their communities. EAA employs a broad range of professionals specialising in education, monitoring and evaluation, international human rights law, humanitarian law, advocacy and communication.
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Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education)
The Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) brings the business community together to accelerate progress in delivering quality education for all of the world’s children and youth. The GBC believes that investing in education promotes economic growth, which leads to more stable societies, fosters healthy communities and makes it easier to do business. Education spurs innovation and increases the skills of employees, the income potential of consumers and the prosperity of communities where business operates. Members of the GBC includes companies such as Accenture, Grupo Carso, Chevron Corporation, Dangote Industries, Discovery Communications, Inc., Econet Wireless Group, GUCCI, Hess Corporation, Intel Corporation, Lenovo Group Limited, McKinsey & Co, Inc., Pearson plc, Reed Smith LLP, Tata Sons Limited and Western Union.
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Global Campaign for Education
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end the global education crisis. Established in 1999, the mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education. GCE brings a vast array of civil society to GEFI. Membership is comprised of a huge variety of national, regional and international civil society organisations, teachers’ unions and child rights campaigners. Together, governments are held to account for their promises repeatedly made to provide Education for All.
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Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)
The United Nations Secretary-General launched the five-year Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) in September 2012 to accelerate progress towards the Education for All goals and the education-related Millennium Development Goals. The Initiative aims to rally together a broad spectrum of actors for the final push to 2015; put quality, relevant and transformative education at the heart of the social, political and development agendas; and generate additional and sufficient funding for education through sustained global advocacy efforts.
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Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a multilateral partnership that works to ensure that education aid is better coordinated and more effective, based on countries’ own education strategies. The partnership, established in 2002, is made up of developing countries, bilateral, regional, and international agencies, development banks, the private sector, teachers, and local and global civil society groups. Since its creation, the GPE has helped 19 million children enrol in school for the first time.
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International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
INEE is a network of more than 11,000 individual members living and working in more than 170 countries. INEE members are practitioners working for national and international NGOs and UN agencies, ministry of education and other government personnel, donors, students, teachers, and researchers who voluntarily join in the work related to education in emergencies. INEE functions include: community building, information sharing and management, generating knowledge and facilitating learning, promoting standards for the field, developing and disseminating tools, supporting members, convening, advocating, influencing policy.
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Founded 78 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world. It works in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to ensure free and equal access to quality education at all times, including in emergencies, as well as access to learning for young people so they can reach their full potential. Its education strategy focuses on: promoting inclusive, safe, healthy, child-friendly learning environments, improving the skills of teachers, creating culturally relevant, gender-sensitive lessons and offering essential life-skills training. Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign is working to break down the barriers that prevent girls from being educated and aims to directly support millions of girls to get the education, skills, livelihoods and protection they need to transform their lives.
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Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS)
The Royal Commonwealth Society, founded in 1868, is a network of individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. Through youth empowerment, education and advocacy, the Royal Commonwealth Society promotes the value and the values of the Commonwealth. We champion human rights, democracy and sustainable development across the 53 member states which are intrinsically linked through their common history and shared values.
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UK Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET)
UKFIET provides a pro-active forum for universities, non-governmental organisations, consultancy groups and professional associations to share ideas, knowledge and expertise. The Forum’s diverse membership is engaged in research, training, teaching, and campaigning and serve as a significant advisory resource to policy makers and practitioners in government, development agencies and non-governmental organisations. To encourage the development of teaching, training, research and publication, and the promotion of good policy and practice, UKFIET, inter alia, organises events and activities on education and development issues; provides a network of expertise for research and consultancy; convenes and hosts a biennial International Conference on Education and Development.
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Commonwealth Council for Education Administration and Management (CCEAM)
Nexus works closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat and its partner organisations to ensure that key audiences – from Heads of Government through to civil society and private sector – are engaged effectively.
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