The Global Campaign for Education is a membership organisation, which is governed by its members through the General Assembly (held every three years) and an elected board.
The board represents our constituencies: two representatives from Education International, two from the Global March Against Child Labour and two from international non-governmental organisations; the different regions are represented by two seats each from Africa, Asia and Latin America with one representative each for the Middle East and Europe/North America. GCE's President, Vice-President, Chair and Deputy Chair are elected by the board.
Camilla Croso is Brazilian and the coordinator of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE), a network that represents 15 national education forums, 8 regional networks from Latin America and 5 international NGOs with solid presence in the region. CLADE seeks to influence policy making both at a regional and national level, as well as internationally.
She graduated from the University of São Paulo in 1994 and received her masters in Social Policy & Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics in 1998.
Between 2003 and 2007, she coordinated the Education Watch programme of Ação Educativa, a key Brazilian NGO, focusing on the research and monitoring of education public policies, seeking to foster civil society empowerment to further influence the education debate and decision making process. Between 1999 and 2003, she was the first coordinator of the Brazilian National Campaign for the Right to Education.
Between 1994 and 1997, Camilla worked at the Latin American Regional office of the Kellogg Foundation. She has also been consultant of several organizations, including the European Community, and is the author of a series of articles and books in the area of education and rights, the latest being Equality of Ethnic Relations in Schools (2007).
In 2000, Camilla participated in the Dakar World Education Forum, integrating- as civil society representative- the Writing Committee that elaborated the text of the Dakar Framework for Action.
Camilla was previously on the GCE board representing National Campaign for the Right to Education of Brazil and in January 2008 she was voted in to represent the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education.
Monique Fouilhoux is the Deputy Secretary General of Education International.
Monique was born, educated and lives in France . She holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Law from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France.
She started her career as a Civil Servant in the ministry of Internal Affairs and joined the University of Clermont Ferrand in 1973 at the creation of the Department of Further and Adult Education.
Involved in the trade union movement, she was elected Deputy General Secretary of SNPTES and in 1987 became elected National Secretary of the French Education Union (FEN), know today as UNSA-Education.
Monique Fouilhoux has been involved with Education International (EI) since its creation in 1993. She works on various areas, in particular Higher education and research issues and the impact of GATS and Trade agreements on education, with EI affiliates, intergovernmental agencies and non-governmental organisations. She is particularly engaged with the most pressing issues concerning academics and researchers, such as working conditions, careers, academic freedom, mobility. Monique is also Secretary of the EI European Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC) and moderator of the ETUCE Higher Education and Resarch on-line Network.
- Elected member of the French Council for Higher Education and Research (1989-1994)
- Member of the Administrative Council of CNRS (1989-1990)
- Member of the French Council for Research and Technology (1989- 1990)
- Being EI representative in UNESCO, she was a member of the NGOs Liaison Committee and President of the UNESCO International NGOs Conference between 1998 and 2003.
- Member of the UNESCO follow-up Committee of the 1998 Conference on Higher Education
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Global Monitoring Report on Education for All since 2004
- Member of the Bologna follow-up Group since 2005
Jennifer Chiwela has worked in the field of education for the past 42 years. Drawing on her vast professional and development work experience from village to international levels, she has understood and appreciated deeply why education is a fundamental human right. Jennifer is Zambian and is the Chair of the Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA).
Jennifer is also the co-founder of the People's Action Forum, an indigenous non-governmental organization established to assist capacity building of rural communities through both formal and non-formal education. Through the organisation's programme activities, Ms. Chiwela has become actively involved in the Education for All initiative - taking part, with other NGOs, in the national assessment process in 1999. Ms. Chiwela also participated in both the International Consultation of NGOs/CSOs and the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to this, Ms. Chiwela served in the Zambian government as the Chairperson of the Zambia Teaching Service Commission.
Jennifer Chiwela has worked in the field of education for the past 42 years. Drawing on her vast professional and development work experience from village to international levels, she has understood and appreciated deeply why education is a fundamental human right.
Maria Khan has been the Secretary General of the Asia South Pacific Bureau for Adult Education (ASPBAE) since 1995. ASPBAE contributed to the discourse at the World Education Forum in Dakar 2000, to ensure adult literacy was including the Dakar agenda.
Although Maria now lives in India, she was born and grew up in the Philippines. She read business administration at the University of the Philippines and was a student activist during the Marcos era. She was deeply involved in the anti-dictatorship movement before settling into rural development work, and gaining a Masters in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia. It was through working in this sector that she realized education was essential in the struggle to facilitate citizen participation and social transformation.
Maria Khan is an expert in advocacy work and coalition building having worked with many grassroots networks, and CBOs. She has led ASPBAE's work on research and documentation and encouraged the emergence of grassroots scholars to fill the void on a predominantly northern based research on adult education.
Bright Appiah is Ghanaian and the Executive Director of Child Rights International, a NGO operating in Ghana since 1997, and Executive Chairman of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC). Bright believes in the principle of giving every child the opportunity to realize their worth in order to create just and fair society. Therefore there is the need to give a lifting hand to those who sorely need it in order to create a balanced society where the load can be shared and problems can be solved together.
GNECC’s key successes:
- A network of over 300 CSOs, professional groupings, educational/research institutions.
- Passage of the 2008 Education Act. (2008)
- Adoption of Free Basic Education Policy i.e (Capitation Grant Policy)-(2005)
- Provision of incentives to Teachers as motivation (2006)
- Free School Uniform and Exercise Book Policy (2009)
- Increase in Capitation Grant from 3-4.5 GHC(2009)
- 20% allowances for rural teachers (2009)
- Policy on provision of gender friendly facilities in Education Strategic Plan 2010-2020
- Participated at various stages in the new Education Strategic Plan 2010-2020 and the processes leading to Ghana’s application for the FTI fund in 2011
David Archer is Head of Programme Development at ActionAid International. In the 1980s he worked on literacy programmes in Latin America inspired by Paulo Freire. In the 1990s he was involved in developing the Reflect approach to adult learning, co-authoring "The Reflect Mother Manual" (1996) and "Communication and Power" (2003). His advocacy work on adult literacy continues, notably through the development of the International Benchmarks on Adult Literacy: Writing the Wrongs (GCE 2005).
David now supports coalitions and campaigns on the right to education across Africa, Asia and Latin America. A major concern in the past three years has been challenging the role of the IMF in constraining spending on education, especially on teachers and he co-authored GCE and ActionAid publications: Contradicting Commitments (2005), Cancelling the Caps (2006) and Confronting the Contradictions (2007). In 2006 he was part of an External Panel reviewing the World Bank's investment of $14 billion in education since 1990 and he is now part of an international advisory panel steering the evaluation of the EFA Fast Track Initiative. He is co-chair of the Commonwealth Education Fund and manager of the Right-to-Education Project. His latest book is called "The Politics of Prevention: A Global Crisis in AIDS and Education" (Pluto Press 2008). David lives in London.
Rasheda is the Executive Director of CAMPE, a network of more than a thousand education NGOs and educator groups in Bangladesh. It is well known for its capacity to mobilse millions of people, particularly at the grassroots level, as demonstrated during GAW every year.
Member-Secretary, Education Watch, the largest academic civil society initiative that regularly reviews the status of EFA in Bangladesh. It has earned wide recognition at home and abroad and inspired Watch initiatives, at the courtesy of GCE and in cooperation with ASPBAE and ANCEFA, in other countries of Asia-Pacific and Africa regions.
Founder Board Member of GCE.Founder Member of GCAP and currently the Convener of PFM, the partner coalition of GCAP in Bangladesh.Adviser (Cabinet Minister) of the Government of Bangladesh in 2008. Serving in that position involved high-level decision making, particularly in the Ministries of Primary and Mass Education, Culture, Women and Children Affairs.Regularly writes in national newspapers and participates in debates of national and international significance relating to development issues particularly on the right to education and gender justice.
Alberto represents Campana Argentina por el Derecho a la Educacion (CADE). He is also the Founder and President of SES Foundation (Argentina). He is a popular educator and teacher. He represents Education and Social Organisations at the Education Policies Council of the Ministry of Education and he is part of the National Coordination Board of the National Programme of Education Inclusion.
Alberto is also the Founder and a member of the Education Platform of Social Organisations for the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR).
SES Foundation was founded to promote the right of youth and develops its programmes with this objective.
He has been appointed as representative of Social Organisations at the Iberoamerican Advisory Council of 2021 Goals.
He is member of the Board of Directors and Coordinator of the International Financing Commission for Development of Latindadd Network and representative of such network at UNESCO Commission on Debt Swap for social investment.
The Danish coalition has existed since 2000 (GCE member since 2009) and consists of 33 organizations. The coalition plays a vital role in the Danish debate on EFA and has a strong basis for carrying out advocacy for education. The coalition has a part time coordinator and an office based with member organization IBIS (international NGO working in Africa and Latin America).
Helle Gudmandsen is the Campaign Coordinator for IBIS in charge of running the Global Action Week (GAW) in Denmark. IBIS has been an international member of GCE almost 10 years and set up the campaign in Denmark. The campaign reaches out to half of all schools in Denmark: 200.000 pupils and 10.000 teachers. It is well known and highly respected by Danish authorities. Helle is 48 years old and has a background as a teacher and deputy principal in Denmark. From 2000 she worked on the UNESCO education program Breaking the Silence, and from 2002 to 2007 in South Africa for IBIS based in the Ministry of Education supporting development of a new curriculum. She has been GAW coordinator since 2008, has developed teaching material in relation to the campaign and has supported IBIS education program in Ghana.
Elie Jouen is a board member of the Global March Against Child Labour. Prior to his recent retirement Elie Jouen was also Deputy General Secretary at Education International. Elie Jouen lives in France.
Elie has studied at both the "Ecole Normale de Rouen" and "Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris", in France. Very early in his career he became involved with trade union responsibilities at both departmental and national levels and in 1978 he became National Secretary of the French education union FEN, known today as UNSA-Education.
In 1980, he became Assistant General Secretary of the International Trade Secretariat of Education (ITSE), then Deputy General Secretary. During the formation of Education International (EI) in 1993, he was appointed Deputy General Secretary. Within this framework, Elie organised and supervised many EI activities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, and more specifically in the Education and Development Cooperation fields.
He maintains close relationships with many intergovernmental organisations including the World Bank, ILO, WTO, OECD and UNESCO.
Assibi Napoe is the Chief Regional Coordinator for Education International's Africa Regional Office. Assibi is a long standing board member of the Global Campaign for Education. She was elected Chair by the board in January 2008. Assibi lives and works in Togo.
Refaat is the Director of the Teacher Creativity Centre in Palestine, the Chair of the Arab Network for Human Rights and Citizenship Education (ANHRE), and the Chair of the newly formed Arab Coalition for Education for All (ACEA).
Imad Sabi, based at Oxfam Novib's Global Programmes in the Netherlands, represents GCE's International NGO constituency on behalf of Oxfam International. His role at Oxfam Novib entails working with an extensive network of global civil society actors. Previously, Imad worked in emergencies, with responsibilities in Africa and the Middle East; his work also took him to Central Asia where he worked as a consultant.
In the field of education, he is well acquainted with education in emergencies and post-conflict contexts, as well as with the promotion of reading skills among young people.
Imad holds an MA in the Politics of Development from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague and is currently a doctoral canditate in Political Science.
Born in 1954 in Vidisha, India, Kailash worked to help under-privilege students from a very early age. He is the founder of the Global March Against Child Labour, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS), and the world's first child labour free social labelling system, RUMKARK.
Kailash leads raid and rescue missions despite several attacks on his life. He and his colleagues at BBA have liberated over 76,129 bonded and child labourers and helped rehabilitate and provide education to tens of thousands of children. Kailash is the recipient of several international awards: International Peace Prize, Germany (1994), Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award-USA (1995), Trumpeter Award (1995), Golden Flag Award, Holland (1998), La Hospitalet Award, Spain (1999), Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Awards-USA (2002), Freedom Award, USA (2006), US State Department's ‘Heroes Acting to End Modern Day Slavery Award' (2007), Italian Senate Medal (2007).