Covid-19 Education Blog

Call for Proposals, GCE Youth and Student COVID Response Small Grant

Call for Proposals, GCE Youth and Student COVID Response Small Grant

Call for Proposals, GCE Youth & Student COVID Response Small Grant The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) works directly with youth and students to ensure that more deliberate and authentic opportunities for them are created, in particular, to lead the agenda and solutions for COVID-19 recovery responses within their contexts and the movement broadly. Therefore, in partnership with the Action Aid International, GCE is excited to invite calls for proposals to access Youth & Student-Led COVID19 Recovery Responses funds. Activities that will be funded under the small grant scheme include: Youth/Student Action led research which focuses on the impacts of ...
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Sixth anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration

Sixth anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration

Sixth anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration By Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia, GCE Policy and Research Advisor #SafeSchoolsDeclaration Education has been and is continuously under attack in countries of both the global north and the global south. Although attacks to students, schools, teachers and more generally education communities are more frequent in the south, notably those living in protracted conflict and crisis, we must not forget that only thirty years ago, education was under attack in the very hearth of Europe. Muslim girls and boys saw their opportunities to attend school and university disrupted while they themselves and their families ...
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Photo-story competition winners announced!

Photo-story competition winners announced!

Photo-story competition winners announced! In March 2021the Global Campaign for Education launched a photo-story competition. It had been a year since schools first closed because of COVID- 19. In that year over 1 billion people’s education has been impacted around the world. The Photo-story competition was developed as an opportunity to encourage people from around the world to document and speak up about the impact of COVID- 19 on education. After entries from around the world, and on the first day of the Global Action Week for Education 2021, we are DELIGHTED to announce the winners! Africa category WINNER: Saymore ...
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GAWE 2021 Social media toolkit

GAWE 2021 Social media toolkit

Global Action Week for Education 2021: Social media toolkit #GAWE2021 #OneBillionVoicesForEducation Please find included in this toolkit suggested social media posts to use during #GAWE2021 aligned with activities being undertaken by the GCE movement. For updated information go to the GAWE webpage DAY TEXT (Short text for Twitter and Instagram, long text options for Facebook, LinkedIn) VISUAL (Link to photo, film or infographic) Countdown posts (during week before GAWE) Global Action Week for Education is back! It is time to take action for More and Better Financing for #Education! #GAWE2021 https://bit.ly/3g9nT7b Global Action Week for Education is back! It ...
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More and better financing for education

More and better financing for education

GCE Statement, Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) 2021: More and better financing for education #GAWE2021 #OneBillionVoicesForEducation The Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) 2021 aims to mobilize public financing for education. Led by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) members in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Arab region, and partners the 2021 edition is being organized as a high intensity advocacy multi-layered space, in which civil society organizations in different regions demand concrete actions to stop privatization and the indebtedness of fragile states, as well as to achieve the necessary goals to predictably guarantee the funds that public ...
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A week of action to demand More and Better Financing for Education!

A week of action to demand More and Better Financing for Education!

#OneBillionVoicesForEducation: GCE Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) 2021 Press Release A week of action to demand More and Better Financing for Education! April 26-30 2021 Attention: All Media Houses For immediate release The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) 2021 #GAWE2021 #OneBillionVoicesForEducation Never has the Universal Human Right to Education been in such a danger. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the education of more than one billion people across the world. It is also worsening the existing global education financing crisis thereby impacting the progress of the entire Sustainable Development Agenda and specifically Sustainable ...
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Education Financing Community of Practice Call

Education Financing Community of Practice Call

Education Financing Community of Practice Call Register here: http://bit.ly/GCEEduFinCoP Date: 28 April 2021 Time: 4 p.m. Johannesburg Time (GMT+2) Topic: "The Great Take Over: the role of corporates in the global governance" Guest speaker: Harris Gleckman/ Senior Fellow, Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass-Boston; formerly UN Center on TNCs Agenda: Welcome and introduction by Vernor Munoz (5 min) Presentation by Harris Gleckman (30 min) Open dialogue (25 min) Languages: English with French and Spanish Interpretation ...
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The education of a daughter compromised

The education of a daughter compromised

The education of a daughter compromised My name is Anna Seck. I am the mother of Anna Aw, a pupil at Saint Gabriel College, a public school in Thiès (70 kms from Dakar). I used to sell local juices and I was able to provide for my daughter who was doing quite well at school. In fact, she won a prize for each of her essays. When COVID-19 happened, my business was severely impacted because the measures taken by the authorities did not allow me to sell my products. Markets and schools were closed, or their activities were reduced to ...
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When COVID-19 takes away the only safe space

When COVID-19 takes away the only safe space

When COVID- 19 takes away the only safe space #OneBillionVoicesForEducation “In the future, I hope to be a school teacher” Zakariye, 14 years old, Somalia. Shamarke and Zakariye respectively 14 and 13 years old, used to live on the streets of Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. Like many other children, they were pushed on the street by poverty and family breakdowns. “I left my parents when I was so young. I do not know the whereabouts of my family” said Shamarke. COVID-19 has inflicted deep and widespread impacts on the Somali economy, endangering the livelihoods of many families and ...
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My contribution to society during the COVID-19 pandemic

My contribution to society during the COVID-19 pandemic

My contribution to society during the COVID-19 pandemic-José Luis Pérez-Peru #OneBillionVoicesForEducation Hello, my name is José Pérez. I am a geographic engineering student at the national University “Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos”. I have been fortunate to be a recipient of the Accommodation Scholarship awarded by the same university and the Boarding Grant awarded by the Ministry of Education. My contribution to society during the pandemic has been through the generation of the OXIMAP platform, which has been a great support for the most vulnerable families during Covid-19, by facilitating access to safe oxygen recharging points, cheap and, in ...
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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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One Billion Voices for Education Campaign Launch

One Billion Voices for Education Campaign Launch

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) One Billion Voices for Education Campaign Launch 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 ...
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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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