The Global Faiths Coalition for Education (GFC Education)

Children at school in Eritrea

Picture: Josselin Amalfi

Faiths-based groups across the globe have been powerful guardians of the most basic human rights and reliable providers of education for centuries. The Global Faiths Coalition for Education (GFC Education) aims to harness this historic goodwill and energy to enact significant change for the millions of children around the world who are missing out on education and the opportunity to reach their true potential.

GFC Education unifies a diverse range of faiths-based organisations and networks to support the universal right to education and advance efforts around Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Organisations joining GFC Education sign on to a common statement acknowledging that education is a fundamental right of every child and the key to every individual’s wellbeing.

All members of GFC Education agree to the following statement of support:

Education is a fundamental right of every child, the key to expanded opportunity, and a source of peace, prosperity, employment and social cohesion. We find common ground in the desire to realise the right of every child to an inclusive, equitable and quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all.

We join together in a Global Faiths Coalition for Education, not to advocate for religious education or preference of one religious doctrine over another, but instead to realise our common goal of education for all children excluded from formal and informal education.

We pledge to support efforts to end injustices against children, including forced marriage, discrimination and child labour. The Coalition endeavours to work collaboratively with the faiths community, governments and NGOs to achieve education for all.

GFC Education & A World at School 

Members of GFC Education are encouraged to represent the voice of their communities in A World at School’s campaign for global education. In 2015, the members of the GFC Education raised a combined 4 million signatures for the #UpForSchool Petition, delivering a powerful message to world leaders that the promise to secure every child’s right to education will not be forgotten.

Joining GFC Education

We welcome all faiths-based organisations to join the Coalition.

For more information about how your organisation can be part of the GFC Education and the broader movement to ensure all 59 million children are in school and learning, please contact the team at