Pearson pledges new qualifications, tests and investment to support developing world 'edupreneurs'

Pearson, the world’s leading education company, today announced plans to develop a unique “edupreneur” course and qualification that will support education in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

The initiative will help support a generation of people trained not only as teachers, but who have the entrepreneurial skills to establish and then scale up schools in the developing world. Pearson will offer seed funding to support sustainable business models for education in these regions.

Pearson also plans to work with the Global Compact on Learning over the next twelve months to develop a new set of clearly agreed measurements for literacy and numeracy and other goals including early childhood development and post-primary educational opportunities.  The new measurements will help non-OECD countries to assess the effectiveness of education policies at an individual and national level.

As part of a pledge to today’s Global Partnership for Education replenishment conference in Copenhagen, Pearson also pledged to make investments, up to the value of $20 million, in low cost, sustainable solutions for education in the developing world, inviting partnership investments from governments, donors and others.

Pearson will evaluate the efficacy and impact of these different models and share the results and outputs with the broader international development community.

John Fallon, chief executive of Pearson’s international education business, said:

“Helping people throughout the world make progress in their lives through education is vitally important to the long-term well-being of nations and to their economic growth. Better education supports better health, security and employment prospects around the world.

“Today’s conference shows the benefits of the private sector investing in education alongside government donors and international agencies, NGOs and other experts.

“At Pearson we employ thousands of education experts, working in over 70 countries, and we plan to use that expertise to help achieve the objectives of the Global Partnership for Education over the next three years.”

The UK’s International Development Minister Stephen O’Brien said:

"Good education is vital to beating poverty - it transforms lives and countries. This is about so much more than counting heads; it is about ensuring children finish school with an education which will help them build a future for their families.

"The GPE is a great example of how both developed and developing countries can work in partnership with the private sector to lift people out of poverty.

"I welcome the involvement of the British learning specialists Pearson who are committing to work with the GPE to achieve results for the world’s poorest children."



  1. Established in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education is comprised of 46 developing countries, and over 30 bilateral, regional, and international agencies, development banks, the private sector, teachers, and local and global civil society groups. In 2011, the Global Partnership for Education is conducting a replenishment campaign to ensure its continued record of success, meet the new challenges ahead and reinvigorate political and economic support for education overall. For more information see
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