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Global Action Week is one of the major focal points for the education movement. It provides every national and regional education campaign with an opportunity to highlight one area of the Education For All agenda and make targeted efforts to achieve change on the ground, with the added support of education campaigners and millions of members of the public worldwide joining together for the same cause.   

Global Action Week for Education 2018


GCE’s Global Action Week for Education in 2018 takes place between the 22nd and 28th of April, following up on last year’s theme of accountability for SDG4 and active citizen participation. GAWE 2018, entitled “Accountability for SDG4 through Citizen Participation” will continue focusing on holding governments and the international community to account for implementing the full SDG4 agenda – asking governments to “Keep Your Promises”.

After the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) Financing Conference at the start of 2018, where developing country governments, donor countries and various partners pledged to increase funds to education, it is time for governments to prove they are actually working towards financing public, equitable, inclusive and free education – it is time to act. That is why we are calling for governments to “Keep Your Promises” – pledges made towards funding SDG4 must be implemented effectively, ensuring that children and adults around the world can receive quality public education.


Global Action Week for Education 2017

GAWE2017 LOGO STRAPGCE’s Global Action Week for Education in 2017 takes place 23-29 April and focuses on ensuring accountability for SDG4, and active citizen participation.

In 2015, citizens campaigned successfully for governments to commit to a Sustainable Development Goal which ensured that everyone has the right to quality education – education which should be public, equitable, inclusive and free. Two years later, it is time for governments to prove they are working towards this goal – it is time to deliver.



 Global Action Week for Education 2016

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This year's Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) will run from 24 to 30 April.

In 2015, world leaders committed to the most ambitious global development agenda in history. For education, this includes the pledge to 'ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030' - regardless of personal, social or political context. Such ambitious goals need to be paid for. Since education is central to the achievement of all the development goals, failing to make adequate investments in education puts the success of the entire new agenda at risk. 

This first year of implementation is critical, and provides citizens the wold over with an unmissable opportunity to ensure the issue of financing is firmly centre stage. Investment in education now will help to fund a better future tomorrow. 

Visit GCE's Fund the Future website for more information.


 Global Action Week 2015

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The Right to Education 2000-2030 - Vote for Education!
In 2000, the world’s leaders made a series of promises intended to guarantee education for all by 2015. While significant progress has been made, it is clear that these promises will not be met.

This year, the world will agree new frameworks and governments will make a new set of promises. It is critical that civil society holds politicians accountable for the progress and failings of the last 15 years, demands that these promises are honoured, and has a say in what is being promised to make the right to education a reality by 2030.

2015 provides us all with a unique opportunity to make a difference for decades to come, and GCE is committed to making the most of it. This is why we are asking politicians, representing their citizens at the World Education Forum in May and the UN General Assembly in September, to Vote for Education.
Global Action Week 2015 took place from 26 April to 2 May.

Global Action Week 2014

Education and Disability

An estimated 1 billion people live with a disability – comprising approximately 15% of the global population. It is estimated that 93 million of these are children – or 1 in 20 of those aged up to 14 years of age – living with a moderate or severe disability. In most low- and middle-income countries, children with disabilities are more likely to be out of school than any other group of children; even if they do attend school, children living with disabilities are often more likely to drop out and leave school early. In some countries, having a disability can more than double the chance of a child not being in school, compared to their non-disabled peers. 

The rights of millions of children with disabilities are not being met, and it is vital that states take action to ensure that every child realises their equal right to participate in quality education, giving them an equal opportunity to participate in the their communities, the workforce and more broadly in society.

GCE's Global Action Week on Education and Disability ran 4-10 May 2014.


Global Action Week 2013

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Every Child Needs a Teacher
61 million children are not in primary school The biggest thing we can do to give them their right to education is make sure they have access to a trained teacher. To do this, we need 1.7 million more teachers – 1 million more in Africa alone. 
Every Child Needs a Teacher is a campaign led by the Global Campaign for Education to demand that states act now to ensure every child has well-trained and well-supported teacher. Read more or Go to Every Child Needs a Teacher site

Previous Global Action Weeks

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