As the largest civil society movement for the right to education we aim to mobilise this global voice through our campaign work. We campaign to hold governments to account for the commitments they have made and international frameworks they have signed onto, notably the Education 2030 Framework for Action. GCE campaigning takes place at local, national, regional and global levels. COVID-19 has stopped 1.5 billion students from learning or having an education at all. Education systems are facing a devastating crisis in public financing and the ever-increasing pressure on resources for public services only looks set to continue. At a global level GCE is developing a new education campaign, set to launch in early 2021, to provide a way to address the urgency of the global education crisis brought about by COVID-19.
GCE and its members run national, regional and global campaigns across all of the Education 2030 and SDG4 targets. Anyone can get involved, at the local or international level. Visit our “Take Action” page and find out how to get involved in our campaigns.
The Global Action Week for Education
Global Action Week is the most campaign intensive part of the GCE calendar. Our national educational coalitions prepare for up to nine months in advance to ensure that the week has maximum impact on decision makers. Since its inception, the Global Action Week for Education participation has grown from 2 million people in 2003 to over 15 million in 2010, and many more today as it has become a major social media event as well. Each year, GCE and its member put a specific focus on one of the SDG4 targets, with the aim of achieving policy change nationally and reinforced international commitments and support.
Financing Education is an overarching campaign, that encompass several strands of work, nationally and internationally. It is deeply embedded in our call for a free, quality, public education for all, and addresses the urgency to increase funding for education, domestically and internationally, to find more resources for domestic education funding through tax justice, and also to favour public education versus the growing tendency towards unregulated low-cost private schools. At the core of the campaign lies the need to strengthen civil society capacity in the area of pledge and domestic public funding monitoring.
GCE’s vision for transformative education
Throughout the years, the GCE’s Global Action Week for Education has focused on different target of the SDG4, which together define our vision for education. We put a strong focus on quality, with campaign raising awareness about the need for trained teachers; and about the need for increased literacy including adults and life-long learning. Inclusivity is another of GCE’s core belief and strong campaigning point, to make sure there is equal access to education without any discrimination based on gender or disabilities. We also believe that the right to education begins at an early age, and should be exercised from the start.