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Giving the Youth their place in the global movement

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In January 2015, the World Assembly of the Global Campaign for Education formally recognised the need to represent and include youth-led movements more formally in its structure. Many of our members already work in partnership with youth-led organisations, and it was time to give them the place they deserve in the global education civil society movement.
This year, the GCE goes one step further by hosting a Youth Caucus during our World Assembly in November.
The idea? Let the Youth exchange and debate, and have their voice heard in the definition of GCE’s new strategic plan and policy positions.

Why be a youth-member?


The past ten years have witnessed a gradual increase in the recognition of the necessity of youth engagement on issues that concern young people. This increase comes with a similar rise in the number and proportion of youth in the world. According to the United Nations, in 2015, youth between the ages of 15 and 24 numbered 1.2 billion, or over 25% of the global population.
By including youth-led organisations and enabling them to participate in the decision-making process of the matters that relates to them, we can make sure to shape a better future and create a more sustainable development pathway.

As a youth-member, you will get the possibility to exchange with other young people and to be heard in the international discussions where topics relates to education. You will participate in a strong movement working to end the global education crisis, by advocating for people’s right to a free, quality public education.

There are many benefits to becoming a member of GCE:

  • your organisation will be part of a truly international movement with members in 96 countries
  • access to a network of like-minded organisations and professionals working for the same objectives, with opportunities to develop skills, share knowledge and increase the impact of your work
  • GCE is led by its members: the way the campaign develops is down to you.

How to become a part of the movement


Who can become a member?

Youth-led organisations at the national level are invited to join a national coalition which is already a member of GCE. Or, if there is no education civil society national coalition in your country, you are welcome to form a new one (more on how to form and qualify as a national coalition here).
The GCE will gladly receive as direct members applications from regional or international Youth led organisations. In order to become a member, the organisation will need to fill out an application, which you can find here. If your organisation wishes to participate in the upcoming World Assembly as a member with voting rights, the deadline for applying is 31st of July. Your application will be then reviewed by our Board, and in case of acceptance a formal acceptance letter will be issued.

For new members whose applications was received after July 31st and accepted before the World Assembly, they will still have the possibility to attend as observers.
You can find the application form and read more about becoming a member here.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , our Youth intern coordinator.

 

Jobs

Are you passionate about social justice & equality?

Do you believe education can build a better, fairer world?

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is an international civil society movement. We bring together NGOs, teacher unions, child rights activists and community organisations in more than 100 countries to realise the right of everyone to free, quality education. 

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is seeking to recruit for the following positions:

 

Communications Officer

Location: Johannesburg, SA, or London, UK or any other country where GCE coalitions are in operation

Type of contract: Employment

Salary range: R325,000 to R375,000

Closing date: 25th May 2018

Please download the full job description, person specification, and details to apply

 

Governance

GCE is a membership body and our work and policy are determined by our members. Our supreme governing body is the GCE General Assembly. It is held every three years and is a unique gathering of education campaigners and advocates from over 100 countries. All fully-subscribed members are entitled to attend the General Assembly and to a vote.


The General Assembly elects our Board, which meets face-to-face twice a year and holds regular teleconferences. The Board oversees the work of the campaign, the budget and guides the work of the Secretariat. The Secretariat is the international staff body of the campaign which supports the development of the members, produces campaign resources such as advocacy reports and campaign materials and leads international campaigns and campaign launches.


General Assembly Resources

GCE Annual Reports:

2009: العربية | English | Español | Français

World Assembly

GCE GEN ASS PIC1GCE is a membership body and our work and policy are determined by our members. Our supreme governing body is the GCE General Assembly. It is held every three years and is a unique gathering of education campaigners and advocates from over 100 countries. As well as debating a wide range of issues relating to universal education, the meetings will also determine the shape of the campaign for the next few years.

All fully-subscribed members are entitled to attend the World Assembly and to a vote.

The World Assembly elects our Board, which meets face-to-face twice a year and holds regular teleconferences. The Board oversees the work of the campaign, the budget and guides the work of the Secretariat.

 

The Secretariat is the international staff body of the campaign which supports the development of the members, produces campaign resources such as advocacy reports and campaign materials and leads international campaigns and campaign launches.

2015: World Assembly V (Johannesburg)

 
GCE's 5th World Assembly was held in Johannesburg, South Africa 23-26 February 2015, and brought together 190 delegates representing civil society campaigns fighting for the right to education across 91 countries. 
 
Delegates discussed campaign priorities for the education movement now and for the proceeding four years of the GCE collective strategic plan. The core strategic focuses for the movement between 2015 and 2019 will be quality, equity, financing, public systems and the role of the State, transparency and citizen participation, and education in conflicts and disasters.
 

2011: General Assembly IV (Paris)


GCE's 4th General Assembly brought together more than 300 campaigners from GCE's member coalitions. Hosted by the French Coalition, Solidarité Laïque, the meeting was held in Novotel Tour Eiffel Hotel, Paris, 22nd - 25th February 2011.
 
Monday 21st February
Prior to the opening of the General Assembly, delegates from GCE gathered at UNESCO where regional member CLADE held a photo exhibition. More can be read about this exhibition on CLADE's Blog.

Tuesday 22nd February
The Assembly official opened on Tuesday 22nd February with a public conference: “Financing Quality Public Education: A Right for All”. The Right Hon. Gordon Brown MP, Kevin Watkins (Brookings Institute and formerly editor of the UNESCO Global Monitoring Report) and Lynn Murphy (Hewlett Foundation) joined many other distinguished speakers contributing to this one-day event. 

In the evening Solidarité Laïque and its partners organised and funded a special private screening of Draw Yourself, by the Director Gilles Porte.

Wednesday 23rd February
The official General Assembly was opened by GCE's out-going President Kailash Satyarthi. The day included presentations including the Board Report on the 2008-2010 Strategic Plan, GCE's audited accounts, feedback from the regional meetings, discussions on the 2011 Global Action Week and the future strategic plan. 

Solidarité Laïque hosted a gala dinner at Salons du Cercle Républicain, in the heart of Paris. Delegates heard from Monsieur Mouhieddine Cherbib, Président de la Fédération des Tunisiens pour une Citoyenneté des deux Rives (FTCR), who spoke inspirationally about the struggle in Tunisia, and the new emerging movements. 

Thursday 24th February
GCE delegates debated the proposed motions to steer the work of GCE for the coming three years. 
 
Download the 2011 General Assembly final resolutions in English
Download the 2011 General Assembly final resolutions in Español
Download the 2011 General Assembly final resolutions in Français
Download the 2011 General Assembly final resolutions in العربية
 
Download the GCE's three year strategic plan 2011-2013 leaflet in English
Download the GCE's three year strategic plan 2011-2013 leaflet in Français
Download the GCE's three year strategic plan 2011-2013 leaflet in العربية

 

2008: General Assembly III (Sao Paulo)

GCE's third General Assembly was hosted by the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education and held at the Novotel Jaragua Hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil 22 – 24 January 2008.

Download the 2008 General Assembly final resolutions in English

Download the Report of the 2008 General Assembly in English

Download GCE's three year strategic plan 2008 - 2010 in English

Download GCE's 2005 - 2007 Report in English

 
 

2004: General Assembly II (Johannesburg)

 
GCE's second General Assembly was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, home of the GCE Headquarters, 2-4 December 2004.

Download the 2004 General Assembly final resolutions in English
 

2001: General Assembly I (Delhi)

 
GCE's first General Assembly was held in Delhi, India 14-16 February 2001. It focused on the development of the global campaign, and agreed the GCE constitution. As the movement has evolved, the consititution has been amended to cater for the changing needs of the members. 
 
You can download the GCE Constitution below. Please note that the constitution below was revised in February 2015 following a quorate World Assembly of the GCE Membership in Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
Download the GCE Constitution in English                             Download the GCE Constitution in Español
Download the GCE Constitution in Français                            Download the GCE Constitution in العربية
Download the GCE Constitution in Português
 



Our Team

GCE has an international secretariat which is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a small office in London, UK. The secretariat delivers the work as directed by the GCE membership and board.

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Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager
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In the UK

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In Denmark

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Communications Coordinator 
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Offices

Johannesburg office:
The Education Hub, 6 Blackwood Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa

London office:
Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD, UK