The Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) Network is a community of companies, individuals, civil society representatives, philanthropic, and governmental organizations committed to ensuring that education is the basic right of every child and the key to expanded opportunity and economic and social prosperity. Participants in the GBC-Education Network agree to use their influence, personal networks, core business, social responsibility, strategic investments, thought leadership, or philanthropy – in collaboration with companies, government, nonprofits and the educational community – to increase the number of children and youth who are in school and learning. ITA as an active and dynamic organization will be striving to include companies and business class in this movement. In this respect, ITA played a great role in making corporate companies and businessmen a part of GBC education network on March 29th.
With Mr. Gordon Brown’s visit to Pakistan, ITA facilitated a comprehensive briefing between the leading CEOs in Pakistan and Mr. Brown to introduce this initiative. The CEOs of Habib Bank Limited, Human Development Foundation, Oxford University Press (Pakistan), Nestle Pakistan, Roots International Schooling System and many others were present. In the presence of the Minister for Education, Training, Standards and Higher Education, the meeting provided an overview of the tiers of membership for the GBC, where HBL promised a golden membership (contribution of 30,000 USD annually). The idea of tax exemptions for education investment was also floated as a concrete recommendation for GBC to build on.