Vote for Education: Global Action Week around the world
Countries all around the world have been taking part in our Global Action Week, which is one of the major focal points for the education movement. This year provides us with a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the Right to Education 2000-2030, and to make a difference for decades to come - that's why we're asking governments to Vote for Education.
Below is a brief snapshot of activities from Global Action Week 2015 - all with the shared goal of encouraging the world’s leaders to Vote for Education this year. You can click here to find out what's been happening in many, many more countries worldwide.
Our colleagues the Campaign for Popular Education organised gatherings of 15-year-olds (born in April 2000) in different parts of the country, to mark 15 years since the signing of the Dakar Declaration. These children include those in school, those who have not completed school and those who have never been to school. They have been telling their stories to a mixed group of teachers, parents, NGO representatives and community leaders. You can read some of these stories on our Global Action Week website.
photo credit: Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)
This Global Action Week, 186,000 students and 8,000 teachers have been using education materials produced by our Danish coalition and our international member IBIS. On April 30th, 1,000 students came to Parliament Square in Copenhagen. They brought along dolls to represent the 58 million children around the world who are not in school. The children handed the dolls to the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, to remind all politicians worldwide that every child has the right to go to school.
photo credit: IBIS, Denmark
Our colleagues in Mauritania campaigned for their government to Vote for Education in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou from 2nd to 6th May. They organised school visits, various outreach activities and an awareness-raising day at the National Assembly. Global Action Week in Mauritania featured in the national media too.
photo credit: Coalition des Organisations Mauritanienne pour l'Education (COMEDUC)
The Nicaraguan coalition Foro de Educación y Desarrollo Humano brought together over 40 civil society organisations in the country to campaign for quality education from 2015-2030. One of their priorities is to encourage the Nicaraguan government to Vote for Investment in Education. Activities will continue until the end of May.
photo credit: Fe y Alegría Nicaragua
The launch of Global Action Week in Palestine was marked with a national conference, with the slogan 'No voice is louder than the voice of education'. Our Palestinian colleagues organised a workshop involving civil society and political leaders on the challenges of achieving education goals. They are also aiming to collect 1 million drawings from citizens around the country illustrating their ideas for education beyond 2015.
photo credit: Palestine Coalition for Education
Our colleagues in Somalia - Education for All Somalia (EFASOM) - visited schools around the country to spread the message of Global Action Week, and thousands of teachers, students and parents took part. The coalition organised press conferences and consultation meetings to encourage the government to Vote for Education.
photo credit: Education For All Somalia (EFASOM)
For more information on this year's Global Action Week, download a summary of global activities in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese