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School Leadership Network

A global network of school principals and education experts

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About the School Leadership Network:

The School Leadership Network (SLN) is an initiative led by the Varkey Foundation, Global School Leaders, and the UNESCO Teacher Task Force (TTF). Aligned with the UNESCO TTF Thematic Group on school leadership, at its core, the global community is dedicated to strengthening leadership within schools. It brings together school leaders, educational experts, policymakers, and researchers to address the multifaceted challenges faced by educational leaders.


Through collaborative efforts and vibrant knowledge sharing, the network endeavors to highlight and cultivate innovative solutions that empower school leaders to drive positive change within their educational contexts and highlight their voices with the research and policy-making community.

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In partnership with:
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School Leaders


Educational Experts



Highlights over the years:
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SLN at the 14th TTF Policy Dialogue Forum 2024,
South Africa

Left to Right: Ilan Enverga, UNESCO Youth Advocate and School Leader | Manos Antoninis, Director, UNESCO GEM Report | Adhishree Parasnis, Director of Communications, Global School Leaders | Sister Zeph, Global Teacher Prize Winner 2023 (Pakistan) | Dennis Sinyolo, Director, Education International

We were pleased to participate in UNESCO TTF's 14th Policy Dialogue Forum in South Africa in 2024. In addition to representing the SLN's work, we hosted a panel with the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report team on what it takes to nurture an effective educational leader. The panelists shed light on promising practices, policies, and enabling conditions that enable a school leader to thrive in their role.

Read TTF's inaugural Global Report on Teachers, launched at the forum.

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SLN at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2022, USA
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The SLN participated in the 2022 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Transforming Education Summit, to discuss the importance of creating a strong and supportive network of school leaders who can learn and grow together. We shared our lessons and examples of deep collaboration between school leaders and education experts that the network fostered in 2022. 

Learn more about the SLN's work in 2022

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