The Global Action Week For Education

Global Action Week is one of the major focal points for the education movement. It provides every national and regional education campaign with an opportunity to highlight one area of the Education For All agenda and make targeted efforts to achieve change on the ground, with the added support of education campaigners and millions of members of the public worldwide joining together for the same cause.

Global Action Week for Education 2020

GCE’s Global Action Week for Education in 2020 will place between the 26th of April and 2nd of May, focusing on actions to reach SDG4 in 2030. GAWE 2020 will propose civil society’s recommendations for accelerated action to reach SDG4, focusing on one overarching theme, Education Financing, and four sub-themes, Equality and Non-Discrimination, Education in Emergencies, Youth participation and Transformative Education, highlighting the role of teachers.

Global Action Week for Education 2019

GCE’s Global Action Week for Education in 2019 took place between the 24th of April and 1st of May, focusing on Making the right to an inclusive, equitable, quality, free public education a reality. GAWE 2019, entitled “My Education, My Right(s)” will support citizens and communities to claim their right to education, encompassing the realisation of the full SDG4 agenda.

Global Action Week for Education 2018

GCE’s Global Action Week for Education in 2018 takes place between the 22nd and 28th of April, following up on last year’s theme of accountability for SDG4 and active citizen participation. GAWE 2018, entitled “Accountability for SDG4 through Citizen Participation” will continue focusing on holding governments and the international community to account for implementing the full SDG4 agenda – asking governments to “Keep Your Promises”.


After the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) Financing Conference at the start of 2018, where developing country governments, donor countries and various partners pledged to increase funds to education, it is time for governments to prove they are actually working towards financing public, equitable, inclusive and free education – it is time to act.

That is why we are calling for governments to “Keep Your Promises” – pledges made towards funding SDG4 must be implemented effectively, ensuring that children and adults around the world can receive quality public education.

Global Action Week for Education 2017

GCE’s Global Action Week for Education in 2017 takes place 23-29 April and focuses on ensuring accountability for SDG4, and active citizen participation. In 2015, citizens campaigned successfully for governments to commit to a Sustainable Development Goal which ensured that everyone has the right to quality education – education which should be public, equitable, inclusive and free. Two years later, it is time for governments to prove they are working towards this goal – it is time to deliver.

Global Action Week for Education 2016

Fund the Future: Education Rights Now!

This year’s Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) will run from 24 to 30 April.

In 2015, world leaders committed to the most ambitious global development agenda in history. For education, this includes the pledge to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030‘ – regardless of personal, social or political context. Such ambitious goals need to be paid for. Since education is central to the achievement of all the development goals, failing to make adequate investments in education puts the success of the entire new agenda at risk.

This first year of implementation is critical, and provides citizens the wold over with an unmissable opportunity to ensure the issue of financing is firmly centre stage. Investment in education now will help to fund a better future tomorrow.

Visit GCE’s Fund the Future website for more information.