A single global powerhouse for girls’ schools

Article by Loren Bridge
Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia / 18 May 2022

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (AGSA) has announced it will merge with the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools (ICGS).

Coming together as a single organisation for girls’ schools will create a powerful and unparalleled global collaboration. The merger will unite over 500 girls’ schools across 18 countries representing over 300,000 students. The significant synergies of a shared sense of identity, purpose and potential has the ability to set and deliver an ambitious agenda for girls’ schools.

In a joint statement Loren Bridge, AGSA Executive Officer and Megan Murphy, ICGS Executive Director said the proposed merger leverages substantial value for the schools, students and staff of both organisations.

“As our member schools educate girls to be the leaders of a more inclusive and sustainable world, our work must be more global in scope providing greater opportunities for girls’ schools around the world to connect, convene and collaborate.”

“Our common vision is to elevate women’s leadership worldwide by empowering and educating girls to be ethical, globally-minded changemakers.”

ICGS promises to be an international organisation that delivers the best of both worlds — global knowledge-sharing and connections with the opportunity for inspired innovation, centralised efficiencies, and regional programming and responsiveness.

The merger will allow AGSA to continue to prioritise its regional programming in Australia and New Zealand while creating opportunities for staff and students to engage and collaborate globally.

“Our schools want opportunities to share best practice and learn with international colleagues to strengthen the programs they are delivering within their own schools, and our students are also looking to connect and share on a global stage” said Loren Bridge.

Megan Murphy agreed that the merger would unite girls’ schools under one formidable banner. Ms Murphy is planning to visit New Zealand and Australia in the coming months to gain a first-hand understanding of the priorities, opportunities and challenges facing Australasian girls’ schools.

“We are excited to join forces with AGSA and use our combined strengths to advocate for the unique education provided by girls’ schools,”

“Together we aim to create a platform to raise up girls’ schools in their endeavours to create brave, inquisitive and unapologetic female leaders of the future,” she said.

The merger is expected to be completed by January 2024, following an 18-month transition period.

View the merger prospectus and timeline HERE