GCE’s Global Campaign Week for Education: active citizen participation and achievement of the Education 2030 Agenda
The Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) is an international mobilization initiative coordinated by Global Campaign for Education (GCE). This year it will take place between the 23rd and 29th April, and everyone will “Stand up for education” because it is “time to deliver” – the premises for this year’s campaign. The objective is to make sure governments commit to the implementation of the Education Agenda 2030. Political advocacy and social mobilization activities will take place at more than 100 countries worldwide, under the premise of active citizen participation, throughout the supervision and implementation of these commitments.
It will focus on reminding the States and the citizens that a democratic government is the key of the Sustainable Development Goals. GAWE 2017 therefore wants to show the need of realistic planning to achieve a public, free, quality, inclusive and equitable education by 2030. We want the governments and the international community to reaffirm and to commit to follow the Education Agenda 2030 by granting clear means to achieve it and by taking into account an active citizen participation.
During GAWE 2017, the challenges for the global achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which refers to Education, will also be commented, along with different subjects, such as what quality education means, the weakening of the States’ role to guarantee the right to a public and free education, and the reduction of mechanisms for citizen participation in different countries, which include restrictions on social protest or even its criminalization.
In this context, we call on governments to:
- ensure mechanisms for an active and efficient citizen participation in the Education Agenda 2030, in terms of legislation, planning, accountability and supervision;
- prioritize and ensure the participation of education workers unions and social organizations in these mechanisms, specially organizations of historically marginalized people, such as students, women, disabled people, natives and Afro-Americans;
- eliminate and reject the policies and legislations that repress and criminalize social protest and the work of the people who defend human rights and/or who are part from the educational community.
- Fund and ensure implementation mechanisms in order to achieve the Education Agenda 2030, according to their commitment to strengthen the public educational systems.
We will share more information about the main messages, the objectives and the agenda of GAWE 2017. Please visit GAWE 2017 international website. http://actionweek.campaignforeducation.org/