Inclusive Education

The main achievements in inclusion and equality are the product of the historical struggles that popular movements, ethnic and cultural minorities, and especially people with disabilities and their families, have led. The photographs in this collection represent those struggles and those conquests. They are a reflection of powerful wills, of dreams come true and dreams on the way, but above all they are testimony to the value and meaning of the fight for the human right to education.

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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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Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) Statement on COVID-19

Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) Statement on COVID-19

EDUCATION IN EMERGENCY – OPTIONS FOR CONTINUED EDUCATION DURING COVID-19 ECOZI notes that the education system in Zimbabwe was already stretched before the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of multiple crises, the impact of Cyclone Idai last year, the economic crisis and hyperinflation and the ongoing drought, low teacher motivation and incapacitation, among others. The education sector hosts the highest population in the country hence we applaud the move to close schools on the 24th of March and subsequently the 21 days lock-down. Read more.  ...
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Webinar: COVID-19, perspectives from Spain, Angola and Latin America

Webinar: COVID-19, perspectives from Spain, Angola and Latin America

This webinar organised by the Global Campaign for Education will address the issue of the right to education during the COVID-19 crisis in Spain, Angola and Latin America. We will have an informal discussion, introduced by some insights on the regional and national contexts. The proposed agenda will feature: Madeleine Zuñiga, GCE Vice-President, to introduce the webinar. Camilla Croso, CLADE, for an overview from Latin America. Cristina Alvarez, GCE-Spain, for a snapshot from Spain. Andressa Pellanda, BCRE, for a perspective from Brasil. Vitor Barbosa, Rede de Educação Para Todos Angola, for a perspective from Angola. Discussion on the difficulties presented ...
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Webinar: COVID-19, perspectives from francophone countries

This webinar organised by the Global Campaign for Education addressed the issue of the right to education during the COVID-19 crisis in francophone countries. We had an informal discussion, introduced by some insights on the regional and national contexts. The proposed agenda featured: Samuel Dembélé, GCE Board Chair, to introduce the webinar. Dr Koumba Boly Barry, UN Special rapporteur on the right to education. Carole Coupez, Solidarité Laïque/ Coalition Education, for quick presentation on the situation in France. Solange Akpo, ANCEFA, for an overview from Africa. Cheikh Mbow, COSYDEP, for a perspective from Senegal. Discussion on the difficulties presented by the ...
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Webinar: COVID-19, perspectives from the Arab World

This webinar organised by the Global Campaign for Education addressed the issue of the right to education during the COVID-19 crisis in the Arab World. We had an informal discussion, introduced by some insights on the regional and national contexts. The proposed agenda featured: Refat Sabbah, GCE President, to introduce the webinar. Muetesm Zayed, ACEA, for a regional overview. Shorts presentations from Egypt, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan. A session of Q&A to the speakers. An exchange about the recovery, how to approach the reopening of schools in particular, how to better prepare for a second wave or other crises How ...
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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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#COVID19 Pandemic: A message from the GCE President

#COVID19 Pandemic: A message from the GCE President

COVID-19 Pandemic: A message from the GCE President Dear Members I write to you in the midst of this COVID-19 Pandemic, claimed to be the greatest global threat since World War II. In the face of panic, despair and despondency, it is human to feel overwhelmed, powerless and ineffective in terms of our ongoing pursuit of GCE goals. It is natural to feel that the unstinting efforts which we have made to progress our targets have been stalled if not weakened by the trajectory of this relentless virus. However, I plead with you not to lose resolve. I urge you ...
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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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COVID-19 and adult education

COVID-19 and adult education

COVID-19 and adult education COVID-19 has led to a health crisis with a tremendous impact on all components of education. According to UNESCO, school closures affect more than 90% of the world's student population. Statistics on the impact of COVID-19 on education focus solely on the education of children and youth not considering adult education, which is also being interrupted. SDG4 aims to ensure equal access to quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning opportunities, but the COVID-19 crisis confirms once again that adult education is not a priority for most countries. Effects of COVID-19 on Adult Education ...
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Leave no-one behind, including children with disabilities, throughout the COVID 19 pandemic

Leave no-one behind, including children with disabilities, throughout the COVID 19 pandemic

Leave no-one behind, including children with disabilities, throughout the COVID 19 pandemic The unprecedented impact of the COVID -19 pandemic across the world is well documented, including its negative effect on education systems, learners, and communities. But marginalized groups, such as children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable if there are prolonged school closures, and when schools reopen. Dishita is a 10-year-old girl and lives in Nepal. Because she has Autism, she relies very heavily on routines, and she finds it hard to understand why she has to stay at home all the time now. This change to her educational routine ...
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Displaced people’s right to education must not be left behind

Displaced people’s right to education must not be left behind

Displaced people’s right to education must not be left behind War and displacement repeatedly torn apart people’s right to education. Overnight, families who are forced to leave their communities find their children and youth out of school. Depending on whether they cross a national border, the label of student is suddenly replaced by the label of internally displaced people or refugee. The very ‘lucky’ ones are able to go back to school within weeks or months. For millions of people living in protracted displacement in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Somalia, and Ethiopia, however, this ...
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Webinar: Education Budget Advocacy during the COVID-19

The first webinar organised by the Global Campaign for Education addressed the issue of education budget advocacy during the COVID-19 crisis. We looked at the challenges and opportunities the current health crisis poses to adequate financing of education and education budget advocacy. Whether it support or hinder progresses towards SDG4 in terms of financing? We also reviewed the 4Ss, the issue of debt, the role of just taxation and addressed some perspective for the future. The following panelists graced the webinar: Refat Sabbah, GCE President, delivered the introductory address, highlighting the various impact the COVID-19 is having on education systems, ...
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GCE #COVID19 Social Media and Campaign Messages

GCE #COVID19 Social Media and Campaign Messages

Background The COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 1.5 billion students and youth across the world affected by school and university closures. Deepening people-to-people solidarity and forging collaborative initiatives are not only necessary but urgently required to defend and sustain progress made toward achieving Sustainable Development Goals and SDG4 in particular. Hashtag(s) Generic #COVID19 #ProtectEducation For messages related to the links between SDG4/ SDG3: #Education4Health For messages linked to the right to education: #MyEducationMyRight For messages linked to financing issues: #FundEducationNow For messages linked to education for marginalised groups: #NoGoingBackwards For messages linked to the role of GCE/ Civil society: ...
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Civil society organisations call on States and the international community to ensure the right to education for all during the #COVID19 crisis

Civil society organisations call on States and the international community to ensure the right to education for all during the #COVID19 crisis

Civil society organisations call on States and the international community to ensure the right to education for all during the COVID-19 crisis For immediate release #COVID19 #ProtectEducation #Together4Education For more information, contact: Philani Ndebele, Communications Officer Global Campaign for Education (GCE), philani[@]campaignforeducation.org, +27 64 045 8191 April 29 2020, Johannesburg, South Africa- The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on education is unprecedented. Over 1.5 billion learners, making up about 91 % of total enrolled learners have been affected following country-wide school closures in 191 countries. In a collective statement signed by 74 organisations across the world, the Global Campaign for Education ...
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Accelerating a collaborative response to the #COVID19 Pandemic

Accelerating a collaborative response to the #COVID19 Pandemic

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) Joint Statement Accelerating a collaborative response to the COVID-19 Pandemic The national education coalitions, education unions, regional networks and international non-governmental organisations united under the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) are calling upon governments to ensure that their response to the COVID-19 pandemic is equitable, inclusive and rights-based. The impact of the pandemic is threatening the entire Sustainable Development Agenda, including Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) as school closures in nearly two hundred countries are affecting over 1.5 billion learners, deepening patterns of inequality and exclusion. Governments and donors, in collaboration with national and ...
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ASPBAE Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

ASPBAE Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

Protect Education and Strengthen Solidarity in the Global Effort to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) joins the global community in expressing its utmost concern on the COVID-19 pandemic that is causing unparalleled hardship on the lives of peoples around the world, leaving the most vulnerable groups highly exposed to the disease and to its dreadful consequences. Confirmed cases of infections and deaths continue to escalate globally, including in many developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region where health systems are extremely challenged. Hundreds of millions have lost their jobs or are ...
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ACEA Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

ACEA Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

Reconsidering Education in Emergencies Strategies in the Arab World Recently, the world has witnessed a rapid spread of COVID 19 which has been declared by World Health Organization as a Pandemic. It has affected more than (1.52) billion learners around the world, in addition to the closure of schools and universities in 165 countries. This closure affected about 87% of the total number of students in the world, and these statistics are constantly increasing every moment. [1] COVID 19 Continues to spread in the Arab Countries which resulted in hitting all aspects of life and adversely impact the educational process; ...
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