The Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI)
The Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) is an international non-profit organisation founded on the recommendation of the United Nations Task Force on Information Communication Technology (ICT). GESCI was established in 2003 at the first World Summit on the Information Society.
The United Nations ICT Task Force identified education as an area in critical need of development, and one where ICT has the potential to make a positive impact. Initially GESCI was headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and in 2011 moved its headquarters to Nairobi, Kenya.
GESCI’s mandate is to assist governments in the socio-economic development of their countries through the widespread integration of technology for inclusive and sustainable knowledge society development.
Much of GESCI’s work is with Government Ministries and their related agencies, responsible for education, science & technology, innovation, and vocational training. The objective is to bring about transformation in these sectors through the innovative use of ICTs. GESCI supports them with
GESCI collaborates with partners to improve education, empower communities and accelerate socio-economic development through the use of technology. GESCI provides technical and strategic advice to countries and builds their capacity to develop and implement national strategies and plans to advance their overall education and development objectives in support of developing inclusive knowledge societies.
Our partners range from Ministries of Education and Training, Higher Education and Research, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Youth, donors, civil society organisations, private sector entities, community organisations and other organisations working in the technology, innovation and education development space.
To date GESCI is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Mastercard Foundation, who graciously provide core support and funding for its programs.
GESCI has also signed Memorandums of Understanding with the following strategic and implementing partners: The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Forum of African Women Educationists (FAWE), the Ecole supérieure multinationale des télécommunications (ESMT), the University of Mauritius and St. Mary’s University (SMU).