Education for All: Theresa McCoy, Office of Corporate Philanthropy, Merck & Co., Inc, NJ

United Nations, New York, 13 April 2011 – “I think the private sector can add a tremendous unbiased view to the education system,” says Ms. Theresa McCoy, Manager, Education Grant Programmes, Office of Corporate Philanthropy, Merck & Co., Inc.

Ms. McCoy answers the following questions:

What added value can the private sector bring to education policy-making and delivery?

Are the education systems adapted to the needs of today’s economy?

Is there a role for the private sector to help close the global teacher gap?

Ms. McCoy was interviewed prior the special event of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), “Partnering with the philanthropic community to promote education for all” on 28 February 2011.

This event was one of the preparatory events for the 2011 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on “implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education”, and was organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthrophy (CECP).

The key objective of the special event was to increase focus on issues central to the achievement of education for all, through:

(i) broadening of the range of stakeholders involved in the work of ECOSOC, as well as increasing the awareness amongst the philanthropic community on the progress made and the challenges faced in achieving the internationally agreed goals and commitments on education;
(ii) promoting concrete initiatives by the philanthropic community and initiating new partnerships that would accelerate progress in reaching the international goals and targets related to education;
(iii) expanding multi-stakeholder engagement in the international community’s efforts to help advance the progress on the two focus areas mentioned above.

More information:

Official page of the special event:

Press release — “Global Philanthropy Event to Boost Funding For Education”:

ECOSOC Facebook page:


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