This report was commissioned by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) to support its members in Africa to understand how the African Union (AU) and its Regional Economic Communities (RECs) engage with the theme of education and to identify what spaces and opportunities exist for civil society education groups in Africa to interact with those bodies in the service of more equitable and democratic public education systems on the continent.

The report was researched and written by Imad Sabi (Independent Consultant). Julie Juma led the project. The report was reviewed by Julie Juma, Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia and Grant Kasowanjete and validated by National Education Coalitions (NECs) in Africa.

GCE would like to thank the members of the National Education Coalitions who gave their input to this report based on their experiences as well as other key stakeholders from ANCEFA, FAWE, CESA clusters, AU Commission, GEMR, UN agencies and others.

This report was commissioned with funding from Education Out Loud.


The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end exclusion in education. Education is a basic human right, and our mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.