Our Journey

Our Journey

GCE recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary and and use the opportunity to amplify successes and gains achieved in the education movement. The celebration also presented an opportunity to reflect on challenges and deepen collective action moving forward.

“I recall the beautiful afternoon when I was having lunch with the Secretary General of Educational International Fred van Leeuwen and the Director of Oxfam Netherlands (NOVIB) Sylvia Boren. We asked ourselves: while the world is assembled in Dakar to talk about education, why can’t we build a strong movement that champions the right to education? That conversation resulted in the formation of the Global Campaign for Education.” – Kailash Satyarthi, First GCE President and Nobel Peace Laureate 2014.

Watch GCE 20th Anniversary video: English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The following are some of GCE significant dates, key moments and highlights

1999-GCE Founding Year
  • Oxfam International, ActionAid and Global March Against Child Labour began the revolutionary transnational advocacy for Education as RIGHT to emancipate the voice of Civil society.
2000-Dakar World Education Forum
  • Served as a catalyst for GCE’s establishment and defined transnational advocacy for education.
2001-GCE first World Assembly
  • GCE had set up its key governing structures and adopted a constitution in Delhi,2001. It also encouraged the expansion of national coalitions and regional networks.
2002- Fast Track Initiative
  • GCE supported GPE which was previously known as Education For All which strengthens advocacy for Education by developing and implementing sound Education plans.
2015-SDG4 Discussions
  • GCE participated in a series of national consultations and championed submissions on UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network reports. GCE positively influenced the definition of SDG4 and the Education 2030 Agenda.
2016-High Level Political Forum

GCE with its members ICAE, EI and ESU came together as organising partners for the Education Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG). Through the EASG, education has now a clear space within the HLPF system.

2004-GCE first grant
  • GCE received its first external funding from Hewlett foundation.
2003-First Global Action Week for Education(GAWE)
  • GAWE serves as the flagship campaign of GCE as it highlights one area for the Education For All agenda. GCE in 2006 hosted the biggest GAWE with 1 million people in Bangladesh with the honorable president Lula of Brazil as well as the famous activist and actress, Angelina Jolie.
2007-Membership
  • 25 International Members
  • 46 National Coalitions
  • 5 Regional Networks
2009-Civil Society Education Fund Programme(CSEF)
  • CSEF had 3 phases and increased the networks for GCE’s coalitions as well as created the platform for 88% of coalitions to engage with relevant parliamentary forums.
2009-1 Goal Campaign
  • GCE mobilised 18 million people for this campaign and called on world leaders and over 200 stars including Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Matt Damon, Shakira, Jessica Alba and John Legend to pledge necessary funding and indicate that regular people affect change.
2015-Youth Strategy Engagement
  • GCE recognized the need to represent and include youth-led movements more formally in its structure.
2016-World Humanitarian Summit
  • GCE helped reposition education as a priority through the Education Cannot Wait Fund which challenged education in emergencies.
2014 and 2017 and 2018-GPE Replenishment campaign
  • GCE supported the GPE Replenishment campaign in 2014/2017 in preparation for the replenishment events directed by donor countries. GPE raised $2.3bn in the 2018 replenishment campaign.
2018- Youth Caucus
  • The first ever Youth caucus convened at the 6th world Assembly held in Kathmandu. GCE granted the Youth a seat in the Board.
2019-Membership
  • 119 GCE members
  • 90 National Education coalitions
  • 16 National members
  • 13 regional networks and youth-led organisations