About the Varkey Foundation

The Varkey Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children throughout the world. Our mission is that every child should have a good teacher. We do this through:

1. Building Teacher capacity

“No education system can be better than its teachers.” We couldn’t agree more with Lord Adonis who introduced our 2013 Global Teacher Status Index report. This is why we use our teaching experience to help train teachers all over the world. Some of our successful projects have reached over 14,000 teachers in sub-Saharan Africa and 5,000 marginalised pupils in Ghana.

2. Advocacy campaigns to promote excellence in teaching

As experienced educators, we believe it is our responsibility to actively engage with current global education policy. From recognising outstanding educators, to fighting for better access to education for girls and women, to encouraging private sector support for education initiatives, we have established advocacy campaigns like the Global Teacher Prize and Business Backs Education that have been heard by change-makers around the world.

3. Providing Grants

The Varkey Foundation Challenge Fund provides grants to partner organisations that offer innovative solutions in support of our mission. The Challenge Fund seeks to support a small number of early-stage initiatives in their endeavours to help build the capacity of teachers and to strengthen the status of the teaching profession.


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