Principles and Demands

Global Campaign for Education Principles

The campaign is driven by the conviction that quality public education for all is achievable, and by the concern for the immense costs of failure.

GCE believes that in an increasingly knowledge-based economy, exclusion from education will translate into growing poverty, inequality and deprivation.

The Global Campaign for Education commits itself to achieve its mission with objectivity, transparency and accountability and to follow democratic norms and processes in all its plans and actions.

We believe education is:

  • A universal human right.
  • The key to poverty alleviation and sustainable human development.
  • A core responsibility of the state.
  • Achievable if governments mobilize the political will and available resources.

Our demands

With so much to gain, there can be no excuse for delay. The GCE therefore demands that governments north and south take immediate action to implement the SDG4 goals and strategies agreed by world governments at Dakar in April 2000 and revised and deepened in the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 . In particular, we call:

  • On governments, to involve citizens’ groups, teachers and communities in developing concrete plans of action for delivering and sustaining free, inclusive and good quality public education for all.
  • On governments, to abolish fees and charges for public primary education, and to increase their own spending on adult, early childhood, primary and basic education, with priority investments in schools and teachers serving the most disadvantaged groups.
  • On the World Bank and rich Northern countries, to increase aid and debt relief for basic education, and fund a Global Initiative to back national plans with speedy, coordinated and predictable delivery of the additional resources needed.
  • On civil society organizations, to hold their own governments and international institutions accountable for upholding the right to education, and delivering SDG4.

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