The Varkey Foundation welcomes new association with UN Department of Public Information
28 June 2017
The Varkey Foundation is delighted by its new association with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).
Our association with DPI, finalized on 23 June, is an unmissable new opportunity for our foundation to reach world leaders, governments and policy-makers and to show them the power that education has to change the world.
Our mission is for every child to have a good teacher. Since its formation, The Varkey Foundation has sought to work with the UN to deliver that mission – work that has taken us from our world-leading education conference in Dubai, to the halls of the UN’s New York headquarters, to remote classrooms in developing countries.
The Varkey Foundation has campaigned alongside UNESCO and Dubai Cares for businesses to back education, and worked with UNHCR – the UN refugee agency – to use satellite technology to deliver school lessons to refugee children in Ghana. The UN has also supported the Varkey Foundation’s work to raise the global status of teachers: UN officials have regularly spoken at the Global Education and Skills Forum and the UN Secretary-General has applauded Global Teacher Prize.
As a new associate of DPI, the Varkey Foundation has committed to sharing information and raising public awareness about the work of the UN, including to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, to defend human rights and to promote peace and security.
We believe that good teachers are essential to meeting the UN’s global goal of delivering inclusive and equitable education for all by 2030. That means teachers’ voices shouldn’t be confined to the classroom – they should be heard by world leaders in the very highest corridors of power.
That’s why, today, we were proud for Global Teacher Prize winner Maggie MacDonnell to join a UN panel on innovation in education in New York, moderated by The Varkey Foundation CEO Vikas Pota.
“Why are we hesitant about investing in education?” she asked an audience that included the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Deputy Secretary-General, “It is the future; it is everything.”
Association of NGOs with the DPI does not constitute their incorporation into the United Nations system, nor does it entitle associated organizations or their staff to any kind of privileges, immunities or special status