“It is only through this absolute commitment to collaboration – which requires honesty, transparency, flexibility, and openness – that we can empower the changes that are needed to realise the opportunities of our education system for our young people.
“That word will be getting used a lot more as we continue to work together to ensure our programme adaptations are not only fit-for-purpose but continue to lead the purpose in regards to innovation, creativity and, ultimately, impact for our young people.
“Collaboration does not mean the same thing to each individual, organisation, or set of circumstances. People’s understanding of collaboration, and their role, varies hugely. A part of our role, in the ‘funder plus’, venture philanthropic space we occupy, is to inspire our partners and empower them to contextualise what collaboration looks like for them, how that can grow, and the potential that could be realised across multiple relationships and development opportunities.
“The straight definition of collaboration is to ‘work with someone to produce something’ but the nuance therein and its application can be incredibly diverse.
“Over the past few months, we have seen our Global Learning Partnerships network rally with our partner RedEarth Education to develop lessons to be delivered via radio to children at home in Uganda. Our Excelerate pilot schools have worked closely with us, together, and our partners including Ford Next Generation Learning to formulate the next stages of their journey in realising the opportunities of partnership-led, context-driven education. YPI has developed a new bank of resources which have been created in consultation with educators. And RAiSE, has worked closely with its local authority partners to identify areas of need in STEM and primary learning.
“To foster these opportunities takes space, time, and trust. In my role, relationships are key. Mutual respect, built up over a sustained period, is how you get the best out of one another. Goals and vision have to go beyond ‘bought into’ to a level of mutual commitment and investment.