GAWE 2017 around the world

Each year, countries around the world are participating in our Global Action Week for Education, bringing together students, teachers, parents, policy makers and advocates to demand action to ensure quality education for all.

In 2017, a wide range of diverse and diverse activities have already been planned by education advocates at the national, regional and international levels.

Here is a brief overview of some activities that took place throughout the month of April.

You can also register your own activities to tell us how you defend education here .


AFGHANISTAN: Movement for Support of Quality Education in Afghanistan – organized by Watch on Basic Rights Afghanistan

The host of GCE’s Afghan coalition, Watch on Basic Rights Afghanistan (WBRAO), organized its Global Action Week from May 6 to 11 for security reasons. Nearly 60 organizations expressed interest in participating in the campaign. On Sunday, April 29, the Afghan government hosted a conference on the SDGs, which our WBRAO colleagues will follow closely.

ALBANIA: Albanian Coalition for the Education of Children

On 23 April, the coalition launched the Global Action Week in the Center for Openness and Dialogue in Tirana, with representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office. This event was covered by radio and television.

The coalition also shared its education manifesto, “We Advocate Education,” which identifies national and local educational priorities that in turn will be sent to political parties. An open forum was held in Kruja Major, in the center of northern Albania, entitled “Increasing funding for education at the local level”. There were also open “Education 2030” forums with young people. in 8 regions of the country.

A public consultation was held, with the participation of CSOs and the Minister of Education on “Budget, Difficulties and Priorities in Education” and a public statement was made to the media to highlight the government’s promise on SDG4.

ARGENTINA: Campaña Argentina for El Derecho a la Educación

Activities have been planned to defend the right to education in partnership with teacher unions and other organizations and movements, as part of a group entitled “For the development and improvement of education”.

ARMENIA: Center for the Protection of Armenian Constitutional Rights (ACRPC)

Global Action Week for Education was launched in Armenia on April 23, with a workshop organized by the Armenian Coalition of CME ACRPC, in partnership with the Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention (ATOP, NY, USA). United States). Civil society activists, teachers, teachers, representatives of local self-governing organizations, journalists and students participated. The participants discussed and elaborated the main demands of the Armenian GCE coalition to the Armenian government. The government set up an inter-agency commission to locate the 17 SDGs and invited civil society activists, including the ACPRC, to participate.

BANGLADESH: Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)

Our national education in Bangladesh, the Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), has organized a campaign for Global Action Week to cover the entire country. It includes specific programs and events in 39 districts selected by CAMPE partner teacher organizations and associations. Thousands of people including government officials, public officials, educators, researchers, NGO representatives, students, tutors, teachers, members of school management committees, representatives of other Civil society and media participated in the week’s programs and expressed their views on education, ensuring accountability for SDG4 and citizen participation.

At the sub-national level, there were several assemblies, a round table and a press conference. At the national level, CAMPE has developed a guidance document that will be submitted to the Minister of Education at a national sharing session on April 29th. In addition, CAMPE and the Citizens’ Platform for the SDGs jointly developed a framework for action to strengthen Education 2030 / SDG4 issues and ways to achieve the goal in Bangladesh.

BENIN: Benin Coalition of Organizations for Education for All

In addition to a meeting with the Minister of Primary Education, round tables were organized on the theme of 2017 Action Week with regional authorities, CSOs and other partners. A radio program has been specially dedicated to this theme.

BOLIVIA: Campaña Boliviana for El Derecho a la Educación

The Global Week of Action for Education in Bolivia was one of its activities:

  • The presentation of the results of a study on the state of public education in the country, with a focus on funding
  • A discussion on SDG 4 and its implementation in Bolivia
  • Meetings with education authorities, to present the findings of the CBDE campaign on the state of education in Bolivia.

BRAZIL: Campanha Nacional pelo Direito a Educação

Using the slogan “Roadmap to the SDGs: Do not reinvent the wheel” , the coalition will hold its Global Action Week in June, which will focus on upholding compliance with the national education plan to achieve Sustainable Development Goals: brasil /

BURKINA FASO: National Education for All Coalition

The coalition has produced a new advocacy document, which provides an overview of national funding for education, citizen participation and civil society empowerment in the development, implementation and monitoring of HIV / AIDS policies. ‘education. She has held hearings with the ministers responsible for education, the Minister of Economy and Finance, the President of the National Assembly and the Prime Minister.

In terms of events and public activities, several elected officials and politicians returned to school and visited schools in their localities. A national civil society forum for education has been organized, and the coalition is also producing a documentary film on the theme of SMAE 2017.

CAMBODIA: Partnership of Education NGOs (NEP Cambodia)

From April 26 to 29, 2017, NEP-Cambodia, with the partner organization P-ESWG, proposed activities in 5 provinces, including Koh Kong, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear and Otdor Meanchey. The events brought together more than 400 participants, all showing their support for this year’s Global Action Week for Education campaign.

CAMEROON: Cameroon Education Network for All

Advocacy activities have been proposed at regional level for the implementation of the SDG4. Public activities, including sketches and activities presented by children, regional radio debate on the theme of action 2017 with CSOs, regional authorities, public officials and a walk with CSOs, education authorities, traditional leaders, parents and students. The events were relayed in the media and on social networks.

GREEN CAP: Rede Nacional da Campanha from Educação Para Todos

The Global Action Week for Education in Cape Verde this year focused on inclusive education. Organized activities included cultural entertainment, street theater performances and seminars.

COLOMBIA: Colombiana Coalition for El Derecho a la Educación

Education hearings were planned at the National Congress, with emphasis on the issue of the funding needed to deliver the Education 2030 program. In addition, activities were put forward as part of the defense of the education process. peace (in partnership with the Extended Front for Education) and against child labor, in the framework of a dialogue with the organizations of Valle del Cauca.

DENMARK: Danish Education Network

Resources for this year’s Action Week included stories of children related to the South Sudan School and stories written by children’s writers. Resources have reached 200,000 Danish children in schools, or 30% of children in Denmark.

EGYPT: Egyptian Coalition for Education for All (Egyptian Coalition for Education for All)

The coalition organized a high-level meeting on April 23, with the participation of the Deputy Secretary to the Minister of Education and senior officials to discuss the role of civil society in monitoring the strategic plan for the development of the education for the period 2017-2030.

In addition, meetings in 5 governorates were organized on the 25th, with the participation of civil society organizations active in the field of education, in addition to a number of media professionals, educators, parents and students to talk about achieving the SDGs and mechanisms that will help develop education.

Field visits to a number of schools were held to discuss the possibility of strengthening the public system and the capacity of the state to provide free, quality and equitable education.

Finally, the coalition launched a media campaign to raise awareness of the goals of education, and the role of citizens and activists in implementation. There were television and radio interviews on the goals, results and conclusions of the Global Week of Action in particular, to raise awareness among citizens.

SPAIN: Campana Mundial for Educación España

The Action Week in Spain focused on accountability from the point of view of citizens’ and children’s participation, and will also include requests for funding. The coalition has planned an advocacy event with the Parliament and the campaign is in full swing under the slogan “Pido the palabra por la educación”. You can find more information and resources here:



FRANCE: Education Coalition

The coalition worked in the national elections held in France, and combined this with its Week of Action activities. An open letter was sent to each candidate asking him to engage more in education and highlight the lack of investment in basic education, in the form of multilateral funds of the Global Partnership for Education and Education. of Education can not wait. A notice was published in the media, signed by the heads of the coalition member organizations.

GAMBIA: Education for All Network (EFANet)

In addition to encouraging mechanisms of transparency and responsive accountability, particularly to involve women, people with disabilities and other marginalized groups, EFANet Gambia includes significant funding requests in its Global Week campaign. Action for Education 2017.The Coalition organizes a national television debate with the Education Forum of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), as well as a series of radio programs and activities mobilization that includes an event and a public forum.

GEORGIA: Georgian Coalition for Education for All (Georgian Coalition for Education for All)

The coalition has conducted high-level advocacy work, including the presentation of a civil society report on the achievement of SDG4 at the parliamentary committee level. In addition, a social media campaign was launched to promote public awareness and understanding of educational goals.

The monitoring of the campaign is already planned, with the conference of the Georgian National Education Forum in October. The coalition will present its final evaluation report and recommendations on the national SDG4 process and launch the discussion on the education sector plan, with the participation of a wide panel of civil society.

INDIA: National Coalition for Education (NCE India)

In India, a series of advocacy and public mobilization activities took place during the Action Week, targeting both national policy and local education provision. At the national level, NCE India is campaigning for a series of major changes, including the repeal of the Child Labor Law, which allows children under the age of 14 to work for the family business, increased specific funds for children with disabilities and targeted policies to help children in the most marginalized communities. Locally, a major campaign aims to ensure that every child aged 6 to 14 years is enrolled in a school.


Oxfam IBIS focused on quality education for all during the Global Action Week for Education this year, raising awareness of the criticality of education funding to achieve this goal. A conference was organized by Oxfam IBIS in Denmark on April 27 to launch the political work on education financing, as well as to put world education on the top of the pile of political agenda within the different political parties in National level.

IRELAND: Irish Forum for Global Education

The Forum works closely with Irish Aid, the government’s development aid agency, mapping the Irish government’s aid to education at the bilateral, regional and international levels and its SDG4 strategy.

During Global Action Week, the Forum planned a launch event and action program, including the creation of a dedicated website.


IRAQ: Iraqi Education Coalition

A wide range of activities has been planned for Global Action Week over the longer period of 18-30 April. These included media training workshops, discussion sessions with NGOs, Parliament and the Education Committee for SDG4, regional and thematic workshops, with a particular focus on IDP education. , girls and education provision in Kurdistan, school activities and radio broadcasts.



JORDAN: Jordanian National Coalition for Education for All

The coalition has planned the following activities for Global Action Week during the period April 1 to 27:

  • A guidance document on the theme of Global Action Week.
  • A policy paper on education in Jordan (focusing on the regional context and taking Jordan as an example).
  • A launch event for Global Action Week where the National Voluntary Review Committee for the SDGs, under the auspices of the Minister of Planning, was present and provided an update on the evolution of the review .
  • Live chat event.

LEBANON: Arab Network for Popular Education

The coalition is planning to celebrate Global Action Week with a major event on April 28 in Saida municipality in southern Lebanon. This event saw the participation of coalition member organizations, as well as education stakeholders, school representatives and school boards, students and in particular students with disabilities.

MADAGASCAR: Malagasy National Coalition for Education for All

A series of meetings was organized with decision-makers, parent associations and political parties; a press conference was also held for Global Action Week for Education. In addition, a social media campaign was launched and interviews with radio and television stations were organized. The SMAE in Madagascar has received significant media coverage.

MAURITANIA: Coalition of Mauritanian Organizations for Education

An advocacy and awareness campaign was conducted with the authorities on the importance of transparent, accountable and participatory governance for achieving the SDG4. The coalition also worked with the public to increase active citizen participation in the framework for the elaboration of educational policies and the monitoring of evolution. The week was the scene of a round table on the commitments made by all to achieve the global goal of education.


In Mauritius, DCI, a member of the GCE, has focused its advocacy and campaigning work on helping the most marginalized children in the country, especially children whose parents have been imprisoned and those who live in rural communities. The coalition organized five workshops to raise awareness about protecting the interests of marginalized children.

MEXICO: Civil Incidencia en la Educación

A meeting was planned in the Senate regarding the assessment of SDG4 in the country, as well as other activities in partnership with different regional institutes and networks, for example CEAAL and the Global Network for Quality Education.

MOZAMBIQUE: Movimento de Educação para Todos

For the Global Week of Action for Education, a conference brought together 60 participants to present a study on the financing of education, with interventions by the Minister of Education and Human Development, the Minister of Economy and finance, the National Assembly, cooperation and development partners, civil society, teachers, students, parents’ associations and community organizations.

NIGERIA: Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA)

Members of our Nigerian coalition Coalition Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA) met in Abuja to protest the lack of quality education for all Nigerian children. The protest went to the National Assembly complex and the Federal Ministry of Education, posting placards such as “We stand up for education! And “Increase the education budget! Education Minister Adamu Adamu assured participants that the government would review their requests and take action. The coalition also organized activities in 5 other states of the country, including radio interviews and community awareness sessions.

NORWAY: Norwegian Network of the GCE

The coalition has two priorities this year, which it has combined for the Week of Action: Education Funding and National Elections in September. The GCE in Norway has already succeeded in ensuring that education is included in all political manifestos and will continue to campaign for it to remain a priority.

PALESTINE: Palestinian Education Coalition

The coalition has planned the following activities for Global Action Week during the period April 4 to 30:

  • A workshop for the leaders of the student activity departments of 18 governorates of education to present the theme of the campaign for this year and develop a work plan with them for school activities, and to participate in the upcoming core activities organized in three districts (Hebron, Nablus and Qabatiya).
  • A two-day training workshop for the media.
  • A press conference to announce Global Action Week in partnership with the Minister of Education, UNRWA, as well as the National Education Team.
  • A round table with parliamentary representatives and members of the Education Committee of the Legislative Council to discuss their role in the responsibility for SDG4.
  • A round table with unions and federations to talk about their role in the responsibility of the fourth development goal.
  • School activities entitled: “The Big Dream”.
  • A closing conference for Global Action Week events to promote social responsibility for achieving SDG4.
  • Coordination with the Waqf Department to dedicate the homilies of Friday and Sunday to the responsibility of education.

PHILIPPINES: E-Net Philippines

In the Philippines, the national E-Net coalition is campaigning for the entire SDG4 agenda, but demanding that the most neglected targets of young children, youth and adults receive legitimate attention in mainstreaming policies. Implementation. At the same time, increased funding for education and ensuring a certain efficiency and effectiveness of the education budget are being sought. The coalition has prepared a public posting of the SDG4 objectives, a forum on the role of the different actors of SDG 4 and a workshop on the protection and development of young children. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Foro Socioeducativo (FSE)

The Dominican Republic supports the global call with the leitmotif “We advocate quality, inclusive, equitable and participatory education” through a number of mobilization actions with the aim of raising Dominican society’s awareness of the SDGs, in particular with regard to education. Activities included an implementation workshop and the launch of the Social Monitoring Guide for Education Policies, a seminar on the evolution and challenges of implementing Education 2030, a newsletter dedicated to SDG4 and several round tables, debates and reflections on different aspects of the education program.

A report on compliance and compliance with the Education 2030 program was produced by the coalition, as part of the control of the national budget for education. The coalition has also developed a guide on SDGs for use in schools and schools. The ESF shared a wide range of advocacy materials for use on social media and elsewhere

RWANDA: Rwandan Coalition for Education for All

In addition to advocacy activities at the national level, the Rwandan coalition organized a press conference, radio and television interviews, as well as a series of school visits.

SOMALIA: Education for All in Somalia

The coalition has planned the following activities for Global Action Week during the period of April 15-29:

  • A press conference on the 23rd, to highlight the theme of the SDGs and the gaps in education, as well as the demands related to Education 2030.
  • School visits and advocacy with education offices to present the theme of Global Action Week and this year’s focus on SDG accountability assurance4.


SUDAN: Sudanese Network for Education for All (Sudanese Coalition for Education for All)

The coalition has planned the following activities:

  • A workshop on the importance of road maps for education in the Arab region and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals / SDG4 agenda at the national level.
  • A workshop on engagement of civil society in the preparation of strategic education plans, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda and in particular SDG4.
  • A session at the Children’s Parliament to discuss education issues (future challenges and opportunities) and the role of children and communities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.
  • An open day with the participation of children, parent councils, teachers and education sector partners. The event focused on the importance of free public education and the achievement of sustainable development goals. It also included an exhibition that reflects the reality of education and future projects.

TANZANIA: Tanzania Education Network / Mtandao wa Elimu Tanzania (TEN / MET)


Our Tanzanian coalition focuses its activities on the Nanyumbu District Global Action Week in the Mtwara region. On 20 April, TEN // MET national coordinator Cathleen Sekwao organized a meeting with journalists to brief them on the upcoming Global Action Week of Education (SMAE) from 24 to 28 April this year. The commemoration will include outreach to schools / communities in Nanyumbu villages calling on all actors to be responsible for improving the quality of education in the district. The coalition organized school visits and public meetings to show unity in the defense of education. Civil society organizations have joined members of the community to make bricks for use in building classrooms in schools with few or no classes. The bricks that were manufactured were stored in reserves to be dried and used later. This activity was part of the “Collective Responsibility for Inclusive Quality Education” initiative.

TOGO: National Coalition for Education for All

A large number of activities have been planned in Togo this year, including:

  • New Advocacy Document and “Moment of Delivery” to Minister, Meetings with Parliament and Minister of Finance
  • Mobilization of students, parents, teachers, NGO leaders, authorities
  • Dissemination of information and awareness raising on accountability issues in relation to SDG4
  • Sketches by groups of children and students with disabilities
  • An awareness-raising visit to schools and public spaces at regional level.

VIETNAM: Help and Action

Working with the GCE- Vietnam Coalition for Education For All (VAEFA) , Aide et Action mobilized the public to get involved in the call for local and national governments to take responsibility, and to provide information to parents, teachers, children and authorities on the removal of language barriers at school. The coalition has organized mass communication events in the community, including sharing good practices on removing language barriers in primary schools and interactive theater to promote quality parenting skills.

Yemen: Yemeni Coalition for Education for All (Yemeni Coalition for Education for All)

The coalition organized a launch event for Global Action Week and began collecting 100,000 signatures from students, university students and public figures, asking the government and international organizations to keep their promises. concerning the implementation of SDG4.

The coalition also coordinated with the Minister of Education to ensure that all schools have a morning speech on SDG4, government accountability and the ministry’s commitment to the promises. In addition, a newsletter on responsibility will be distributed in schools and universities.

On April 27, the coalition organized meetings with international organizations to hold their promises on SDG4.

Several meetings with the Minister of Education took place during this period, during which the coalition will request the commitment and signature of the Minister of Education in relation to SDG4.

Global Action Week in Yemen ended with a press conference.

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