This April 26th, students and teachers from the Centro Profesional y Técnico (Professional and Technical Centre) Padre Joaquín López and López from Fe and Alegría Panama, gathered with red umbrellas in their hands, near the intersection of Pedregal, to join the international mobilizations that, on the occasion of the Global Action Week for Education, are held with open umbrellas to ask our politicians to protect the education and to allocate budget to fund the commitments they have made to ensure the Right to Education.
One of the main lessons learned in the last 15 years is that good intentions and political commitments can only be achieved when there is sufficient and quality funding.
2016 began with the approval of a new Agenda for Education, in which the world States give themselves another opportunity to ensure an inclusive, equitable and quality education and long-life learning for all people. The deadline: 2030.
Nowadays 124 million children and young people in the whole world do not go to school, 59 million of them have no access to primary education and 65 million do not attend high school.
They want to draw attention to the protection role that the school and the education have on children.
Specifically, they demand:
1. To sign the agreement by Meduca, where the Fe y Alegría teachers’ salaries are subsidized, this way ensuring the free education for many vulnerable students, as has been achieved in other countries.
2. To comply with the Agenda for Education 2030 commitments, in order to ensure a quality education, inclusive and equitable and promote long-time learning opportunities.
3. That the Government establish a clear plan to increase their contribution to fund the education.
4. An accounting for the society on how are meet the commitments signed for the Right to Education and the Sustainable Development Goals.