The private sector, governments, international organisations and donors have joined forces to form a new global alliance for education. The Partnerships for Education (PfE), with UNESCO and the World Economic Forum at the helm, aims to accelerate progress towards Education for All (EFA).
The creation of PfE was announced by UNESCO and the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the “Keeping Our Promises on Education” conference in Brussels on 2 May 2007.
UNESCO and the World Economic Forum, through its Global Education Initiative (GEI), are among the main organisations leading the partnership, along with the EFA Fast-Track Initiative and corporate partners: Advance Micro Devices (AMD), Cisco, Intel Corporation and Microsoft.
According to a Forum press release, the new alliance will build on the best practices and lessons learned from existing multistakeholder partnership models, including the World Economic Forum GEI country initiatives launched in Jordan, Rajasthan (India) and Egypt in recent years. Each member of the Partnership will contribute their unique core competencies resulting in a combined pool of the skills and resources to help implement the EFA objectives in countries around the world.