GCE’s Global Action Week for Education in 2019 will place between the 24th April and 1st of May, using a human rights-based approach to education and supporting the implementing of the full SDG4 agenda.

This theme may blend different approaches depending on context and relevance to our members:

  • A focus on children and youth with disabilities, calling for accessible and inclusive school infrastructures and materials, teachers training including for teachers with disabilities;
  • A focus on gender disparities, and LGBTI rights;
  • A focus on vulnerable, disadvantaged and poor communities (including child labourers);
  • A focus on indigenous people;
  • A focus on migrants/ refugees and students in the conflict zone;
  • A focus on teachers as per the World Teacher’s Day 2018 slogan “The right to education is the right to a qualified teacher”.

Proposed slogan: My Education, My right(s)

The proposed slogan is framed within the overall SDG4 targets and focusing on claiming the right to education. The campaign proposes to “personalise” its policy claims around youth from all around the world, to align with the will to give more place in the movement to youth-led organisations and voices, and also to feature students and adults claiming their right to education. The slogan encompasses the proposition to consider a holistic approach of SDG4, giving the opportunity of our members to focus on all or the most relevant SDG4 targets in their context.

This year’s Global Action Week for Education is geared towards public engagement.

The international campaign will thus call for:

1. Share your story!

To build up the momentum to the launch of the campaign, we are asking our members to share impactful personal stories about individuals achieving their right to education through public education systems and how it changed their lives.
We will also launch a public call for stories through social media, with the aim to:

  • encourage people to share and participate and thus be inclusive in our campaign;
  • gather more content and positive stories to build our narrative;
  • increase the reach of the campaign – with people’s content published, they’ll be more likely to share to their followers.

2. Ask your government to deliver on your right(s) to education!

One of the key action of the Secretariat this year will be to transform the GAWE digital platform into a mobilisation tool. Members will be offered a space where not only they will be able to upload their events, but also use it to interact and invite their stakeholders. All the events uploaded by members will be grouped under a GAWE general umbrella, allowing us to visually showcase the reach of the campaign through a global interactive map.
This platform will be linked to a master online petition, which will be made available in all 5 languages, and which each member can chose to adapt to their own context. The aim of the petition is for our member to showcase national support for the right to education, which gives them an additional edge when negotiating with their governments. We will strongly encourage our members to use the wealth of their coalitions’ network to reach as many people as possible.

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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.