Strategic Focus Areas
Equality and Non-discrimination
GCE aims to support to local and regional coalitions to overcome all forms of inequality, exclusion and discrimination in education.
“Equitable approaches must go beyond ensuring equal access for all ensuring that individual learners receive the support they require to succeed, according to their individual circumstances. Inclusive education is aimed at ensuring that all learners, regardless of their linguistic and cultural backgrounds, physical and mental abilities or other personal characteristics, learn together in a welcoming and supportive environment”. Dr. Boly Barry (2017:5). Read GCE Strategic Plan.
Education in Emergencies
GCE aims to support access to quality education opportunities to all people affected by emergencies and protracted crises. GCE will undertake to shape education policies in contexts of emergency and will encourage national and local governments or host country government in areas recently affected by disasters and conflicts to develop policy plans including a comprehensive, gender responsive and inclusive framework to assess and address the educational needs and rights of people living in areas potentially or already affected by emergencies. Read GCE Strategic Plan.
In 2015, the world leaders committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA) within the next fifteen years, 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. Investment in education now is key to fund a better future tomorrow.
Despite the hope and promises, in 2018, we are still in a global education crisis.
- Out-of-school rates for children haven’t budged in years with 9% of children ages 6-11 denied the right to education
- Which means today 263M children and youth are denied education – the vast majority live in the poorest countries.
- Education disparities reinforces world economic inequalities: 20% of children ages 6-11 are out of school in low-income countries compared to 3% in high-income countries
- and education quality is at risk: in low-income countries, there are more than 40 pupils per primary teachers compared to the average of 14 to 1 in high-income countries
- Despite some progress, gender exclusion is still a reality: there are 5M more girls ages 6-11 than boys denied the right to education
Unless we see a radical shift in financing for education, the bold ambitions of the SDG4/Education 2030 agenda will continue to be at least 50 years off track for achieving inclusive and quality education for all by 2030.
That is why the Global Campaign for Education has launched a global, multi-layered education financing campaign, spanning over several years. It originated in 2011 and ran again in 2014 and 2017 with a targeted objective at the Dakar replenishment conference in February 2018 – Fund the Future: Education Now.
GCE is calling for action to secure significant shifts in education financing – through increases in aid and domestic finance – to achieve the SDG4/Education 2030 goals. We call for governments to work harder to meet the huge financing gaps in education, to tackle the stagnation of aid to education, and a lack of domestic financing for education in low- and middle-income countries.
The campaign aims to secure:
- Increased domestic resources.
- Increased bilateral and multilateral contributions and
- Global action on tax reform and justice.
At such, the campaign deals with Public-Private partnership, and the growing tendency of donors agencies to fund low-cost private schools, instead of focusing the effort on strengthening the public education offer. It is also focused on accountability, and aims to develop and strengthen civil society evidence-based advocacy by giving them the tools to strictly monitoring governments’ pledges and spending in education. Read GCE Strategic Plan.
GCE aims to advocate and campaign at all levels for education being considered a driver of social justice, sustainable development, individual and collective freedom and joy of learning together. In defending the transformative role and power of education, GCE challenges attempts to frame education solely as a narrow set of learning outcomes. The concept covers a wide range of elements including education for human rights, global citizenship and sustainable development; the language of instruction, qualified and well remunerated teachers and education workers; safe learning environments; and the role of education in the transformation of societies.
GCE’s core mission is to influence governments to take the actions necessary to guarantee equitable quality education for all, on a lifelong basis, though effective and accountable provision of public 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.
The financing campaign is thus run alongside key thematic campaigns, addressing other areas of our advocacy framework: quality, inclusion and lifelong learning. Read GCE Strategic Plan.