Policy and Advocacy
GCE policy engagement is reflected in GCE statements, briefings, analysis and presentations and it is inspired by the Right to Education conceptual and normative framework, leading CGE to develop advocacy actions from national to international scenarios, based on fact-finding oriented research and on the needs of the historically excluded communities from education opportunities.
Policy and advocacy action requires constant feedback from the membership, in order to respond to diverse political realities and counteract the powerful regressive forces against human rights, so GCE works to promote, influence, advocate and put pressure on different stakeholders, institutions and governments, in order to advance the struggle for the human right to education for all. This work is based on the strategic planning of the movement and includes among its aims the participation of young people in decision-making.
GCE’s strategic role is to ensure that the voice of grassroot civil society organisations is heard at regional and international policy making bodies.
The movement is represented as GCE or through its members in the most important international bodies in the education sector:
- The Education 2030 steering committee
- GPE board and committees
- Education Cannot Wait
- Collective Consultation of NGOs for Education for All (UNESCO)
- International Network for Education in Emergencies
In partnership with the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), Education International (EI) and the European Student Union (ESU) the movement created the Education Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG) to represent education and the civil society at the United Nation High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development Goals. The EASG organizes every year a side event to emphasize the links between education and the SDGs being evaluated.
Recently, the GCE was granted a Special Consultative status at the UN Social and Economic Council (ECOSOC). The status will give the movement greater access within the UN system, especially to human rights bodies.
The GCE represents education civil society as well during the World Bank annual meetings, the UN General Assembly, the G7 and G20.
The Advocacy Strategic Framework
The GCE’s Advocacy Strategic Framework aims at identifying, complementing and supporting the regional and national members’ own agendas and priority areas. Advocacy is a GCE fundamental role, as the promotion and defense of the human right to education is in the heart of our movement.
At the core of the framework is the need for CGE to strengthen the evidence based advocacy in order to address the regressive trend of international cooperation for education, privatization, as well as the reductionist views on educational quality and the processes of exclusion that affect the discriminated population, especially persons with disabilities, girls and women.
GCE should exert credible and informed influence on national, regional and international education policy, through leading consistent advocacy processes aimed at ensuring that governments and the global community fulfil their commitments to deliver the right to education and achieve the SDG Goal 4 of the Education 2030 agenda.
To achieve that goal, GCE set out key advocacy areas of work:
- Promote the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 4/Education 2030 Agenda.
- Influence the global agenda by promoting holistic approaches to education quality that go beyond learning outcomes.
- Promote GCE call for action on financing education, considering both developing and donor countries alike.
- Promote increased support and state commitment in providing free public education.
- Strengthen inclusion and gender equality in education.
- Advocate for civil society organizations participation in decision-making and accountability processes, including those led by students and teachers.
- Promote youth and adult education and early childhood education as key components of the Lifelong Learning global agenda.