Covid-19 Education Blog

One Billion Voices Lobby Letter Template

One Billion Voices Lobby Letter Template

Lobby Letter Template for the One Billion Voices campaign Purpose: This letter provides a template for any education activist or organisation to use to lobby their respective government leader to call for an increase and improvement in public financing for education. The primary audience for the letter is a Head of State or Government in a developing country. Please edit the language accordingly to address your respective leader. Your Excellency President or Prime Minister, We are writing to you today to ask for you to prioritise education within the next stages of our country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Education ...
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GCE One Billion Voices Policy Statement

GCE One Billion Voices Policy Statement

Global Campaign for Education (GCE) One Billion Voices: Policy Statement The ‘One Billion Voices’ campaign led by GCE aims to provide a way to urgently address the lack of education financing, aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also worsen the progress of the entire Sustainable Development Agenda and specifically SDG4. Domestic financing for education International human rights law lays down obligations which States are bound to respect. States are the duty-bearers under international human rights law and hold the principal responsibility for the direct provision of the right to education. Like all human rights, the right to education imposes three ...
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One Billion Voices Call to Action

One Billion Voices Call to Action

One Billion Voices A Call to Action to Improve and Increase Public Financing for Education The ‘One Billion Voices’ campaign led by the Global Campaign for Education aims to provide a way to urgently address the global education crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and secure improved and increased public financing for education. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 1.5 billion learners had their education stopped or interrupted[1]. Education systems continue to face a devastating crisis, the challenges around public financing and the ever-increasing pressure on resources for public services, are resulting in less prioritisation of ...
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GCE Launches the One Billion Voices Campaign

GCE Launches the One Billion Voices Campaign

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) Launches the One Billion Voices Campaign For immediate release #OneBillionVoices #OneBillionVoicesForEducation #1BillionVoices4Education The COVID- 19 pandemic is affecting the education of more than one billion people. It is also worsening the existing global education financing crisis thereby impacting the progress of the entire Sustainable Development Agenda and specifically Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4). The One Billion Voices campaign aims to secure an increase in public financing of education to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all by elevating the voices from the billion learners who have been affected by the COVID pandemic ...
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Reaching the most marginalised: a human right to inclusive education

Reaching the most marginalised: a human right to inclusive education

Reaching the most marginalised: a human right to inclusive education “We have an attitudinal problem and a failure of the public policy imagination to account for the full experiences that children with disabilities in vulnerable contexts embody...This is not a question of misfortune, it is a question of injustice...institutional and structural exclusion and oppression. If we are to really reach those furthest behind, we require a moment of reckoning that society has let down children with disabilities. And we have to act to change that …now.” These words from SDG advocate Eddie Ndopu, shared during the Disability Inclusive Education Forum ...
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How the West Was Won: What Corporates Who Care for Education Should Do

How the West Was Won: What Corporates Who Care for Education Should Do

How the West Was Won: What Corporates Who Care for Education Should Do By Vernor Munoz, Head of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns, Global Campaign for Education andFormer UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education (2004-2010) Summary This article examines the role of the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBCE) in the implementation of SDG4. It analyzes the legal and moral obligations of corporations to contribute to the financing of public education systems, through paying fair taxes in the countries where they profit and proposes that compliance with this payment be adopted as a requirement for membership in GBCE. Keywords: ...
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Online launch event of the report “Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years”

Online launch event of the report “Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years”

Online Launch Event of the Report “Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years” Ahead of International Children’s Day you are warmly invited to the online launch event of the report “Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years”. When: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 8:30-10:00 am EST Location: Zoom Online Event. Register here. Millions of children under the age of five in low- and middle-income countries are at high risk of not achieving their full potential. Marginalised children such as children with disabilities and developmental delays are even more excluded from services, although their developmental gains are the ...
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GCE Webinar: #DayOfTheGirlChild2020, ‘My Voice. Our Education’

GCE Webinar: #DayOfTheGirlChild2020, ‘My Voice. Our Education’

#DayOfTheGirlChild2020, ‘My Voice. Our Education’ Monday, October 12th 2020, 14:00 SAST (Johannesburg)/ 08:00 EDT (New York)/ 13:00 BST (London) Please register HERE. GCE is hosting an online youth panel 'My Voice. Our Education’ on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child 2020. The panel will bring together a collection of leading female youth education advocates from around the world to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the rights of girls in their community, country and region. The panel, convened by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), will examine issues of school access, violence in and around school ...
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GCE Statement On the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day.

GCE Statement On the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day.

The Global Campaign for Education Statement On the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day. #WTD2020 #WorldTeachersDay2020 On the occasion of World Teacher’s Day, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) calls on the international community and all state parties to acknowledge the incredible leadership role provided by teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time to provide the teaching profession with the recognition and means to accomplish their crucial work in providing transformative education; now and in the future. The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging education systems and the teaching profession like never before. According to UNESCO, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school ...
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GCE and ECW joint statement On occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly

GCE and ECW joint statement On occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly

On the occasion of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and the Education Cannot Wait Fund (ECW) jointly call on governments and the donor community to COMMIT funding to ECW for the education of those furthest left behind in emergencies and crises. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the world's education systems, causing the closure of schools in more than 160 countries, affecting over 1 billion learners. This impact was felt most dramatically in emergency contexts where education has been disrupted by armed conflicts, forced displacement, climate-change induced ...
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Education during and post COVID-19: The role of civil society

Education during and post COVID-19: The role of civil society

Education during and post COVID-19: The role of civil society The impact of COVID-19 on the right to education is felt worldwide. From 1.5 billion learners out of school in March, nearly 1.1 billion learners in 146 countries are still affected today. As many countries have begun phased processes of reopening schools, it is time for civil society organizations (CSOs) to pause and reflect on what happened. What lessons have we learnt so far? What are the opportunities to positively transform the education sector during and following the COVID-19 pandemic? These are two pertinent and fundamental questions to guide and ...
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An unprecedented crisis

An unprecedented crisis

An unprecedented crisis The school closure, since 18 March 2020, due to COVID-19, has disrupted all forms of education in Bangladesh. The special programme for the migrants, particularly for the Rohingya population, is also disrupted. The government of Bangladesh has involved the stakeholders and developed education in emergency response plan considering the immediate, medium-term, and long-term priorities. One of the largest centralised education systems impacted by the crisis Bangladesh has one of the largest centralised education systems in the world, with 38.6 million students. Of them, 3.6 million in pre-primary; 18 million in the primary; 13 million in secondary and ...
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What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for us? Brazilian youth are speaking out

What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for us? Brazilian youth are speaking out

What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for us? Brazilian youth are speaking out Stories shared by the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education. Invest and believe in Public Education! In the year 2020 a virus appeared that shook us on a world scale. In Brazil, the pandemic has spread rapidly. Amid social distances, governmental measures (or lack of them), the different areas that make up our society have been adapting, each in its own way. Non-essential services closed, unemployment slammed at the door of several workers, and the people finally learned the value of health professionals. With a preparation ...
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The GCE and EI condemns GEMS Metropole School stance on education during the COVID-19 pandemic

The GCE and EI condemns GEMS Metropole School stance on education during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and Education International (EI) condemns GEMS Metropole School stance on education during the COVID-19 pandemic The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and Education International (EI) have learnt of the allegations made by over 15,000 parents calling for GEMS Metropole School to provide a 30% discount for the third term, during which students stayed at home 'e-learning' instead of in classrooms. In April, GEMS said it would offer parents a reduction in fees, but only after they handed over details of their financial situation, including their bank statements for the last 3 years. In a ...
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Students of the COVID-19 year

Students of the COVID-19 year

Students of the COVID-19 year It’s a common practice to distinguish the life-cycles of students based on their enrollment in one or other academic year. These year-numbers help us to navigate and plan accordingly. 2020 year though is definitely not defined by its four different numbers but by something from the past year - by COVID-19. And for the whole globe and especially for students this COVID-19 year has various ways of being an exceptionally challenging one. Waking up in a new reality It is not a secret that we all were not ready to function according to the new ...
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Young People expect to be partners to deal with pandemic; not the beneficiaries

Young People expect to be partners to deal with pandemic; not the beneficiaries

Young People expect to be partners to deal with pandemic; not the beneficiaries “Some of my friend gossip near the drinking fountain that they will not come back to school after the lock-down ends. What is the value of education after all, it is the money that matters! I am not sure if I'll be able to study grade 8 after this lock-down situation” says Nani Danuwar, a fourteen-year young girl from the Danuwar Community in Lalitpur district of Nepal. Nani is just a symbol of thousands of young people in Nepal and especially those from the disadvantaged communities who ...
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Voices from Japan: How Children are Living the COVID-19 crisis

Voices from Japan: How Children are Living the COVID-19 crisis

Voices from Japan: How Children are Living the COVID-19 crisis The followings are from the questionnaire results of “Let us hear the voices of children” organized by the Save the Children Japan in March 2020. I really hope the voice of the young people will be bigger and reach the adults " I cannot stand that I cannot go to the game center, karaoke and Disney World, which I have planned to do after my entrance examination to the upper secondary school. Of course, I do understand that we are not allowed to go to crowded places. However, while I ...
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COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: How the current crisis reveals our inequalities and demands the strengthening of public systems

COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: How the current crisis reveals our inequalities and demands the strengthening of public systems

COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: How the current crisis reveals our inequalities and demands the strengthening of public systems The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in education are unprecedented, and there has never been such a massive disruption of classes around the world. Globally (according to UNESCO data from April 28), nearly 1.3 billion students from 186 countries were affected by the closure of schools as a result of the disease, which represents almost 74% of the total number of enrolled students. In Latin America and the Caribbean, at least 40 States suspended face-to-face classes and decreed quarantine ...
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COVID-19: How to ensure continuity of education in Africa?

COVID-19: How to ensure continuity of education in Africa?

COVID-19: How to ensure continuity of education in Africa? The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically hit the world since its outbreak in late 2019 with a lot of infections and death. Africa is no exception. The affected countries are facing enormous difficulties and have put in place measures to contain its spread. Education has been one of the most impacted sectors affected by the COVID-19. A worldwide pandemic with regional impacts According to latest data made available by UNESCO, 1.57 billion learners worldwide (91.4% of the world’s student population) are affected by schools and university closures, due to measures to stop ...
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Solidarity is the Cure; Justice the Vaccine

Solidarity is the Cure; Justice the Vaccine

Solidarity is the Cure; Justice the Vaccine The current crisis took us by surprise. However, it is still our responsibility to take action. Grounded in reality, we ought to honestly scrutinize the state of affairs in the COVID-19 context, and act accordingly. Reality should inform our analyses and interventions. Otherwise, we will continue spinning in an empty cycle. The ramifications of such a deteriorating and unpredictable crisis are massive, both short-term, and in the long run. The crisis triggered by the new coronavirus is changing the world as we know it. We have an opportunity to alter what “normal” is ...
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