The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is an international colation made up of NGOs, teacher’ unions and other civil society movements commited to education. It was established in 1999 and delivered a united civil society voice during the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000, influencing the six Education for All goals. Since then GCE has continued to grow and some important progress has been made, including 40 million more children in school. However, far more still needs to be done to realise the right to quality education for all. Close to a billion people right now are being denied the education that would change their lives. GCE campaigns throughout the year, mobilising pressure from all sectors and holding governments and international institutions to account.
During this week and under the slogan “I vote for education, and you?” the GCE is campaigning to encourage new international commitments towards 2030 through the Education World Action Week in more than 120 countries in the world.
2015 is a crucial year for granting education because there are several international appointments that will deal with this topic and will set the new horizon to work on; in September 2015, the international community that will meet at the United Nations Assembly, will review the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 and will take on the new Sustainable Development Goals. This review will highlight that in education matters, although there have been some important progress; there are challenges we need to face urgently. For example, the fact that, still today, there are 58 million girls and boys who have no access to schooling and there are 775 million adult people, two thirds of them who are women are illiterate.
The United Nations Assembly of September 2015 is an extremely significant date, because the new global development agenda for the next 15 years will be set. As it can inferred from the My World 2015 survey, from United Nations, there is a huge calling from the citizens of all over the world to make education the backbone of the new development Agenda. The appointment of September can become a great chance for the international community to demand the effective accountability of the right to education for everyone.
But just any kind of education will not work. The kind of educations we should stand for is an universal one, for everyone. This quality education must provide people not only with knowledge and basic skills, but also with fundamental attitudes and values to get through life. It must be an equitable education, that places excluded groups of, boys and girls, young groups and collectives in the first place: impoverished families, young girls, and ethnic minorities, those who live in countries facing armed conflicts, in refugee status, displaced o migrations, with particular educative needs, among others. It must be an inclusive education, that respects and adapts to children and young groups needs and that it embraces and values diversity, considering it an important strength. It is an education that includes lifelong learning and it has a social transformation willingness promoting global citizenship.
In Spain, under the slogan “I vote for education, and you?” , the coalition lead by several NGOs like Entreculturas, and ALBOAN, Jesuit NGOs for cooperation development, are organizing 29 mobilisation events in more than 25 cities where there will be more than 7.000 students, activists, teachers, political representatives and 170 educative centers.
In its website www.cme-espana.org/yovotoporlaeducacion they are runing different actions to support education such as taking a picture with #yovotoporlaeducacion, participate in educative games likehan puesto en marcha diferentes propuestas que van desde hacerse una foto con el #yovotoporlaeducacion, a participar en juegos educativos como el “Twister of education” or representing “United Nations Assemblies“. The aim is to add on as much people as possible to this project which is showing support to a quality education for everyone. The main demand is that the Spanish Government commits into building both agendas, looking out for education to be one central goal and it is placed in the centre. Spain must increase its Official Development Assistance contribution for education, reaching at least what it has been asked in the Cooperation Comission of the Spanish Deputies Congress of assigning 8% of the total billateral ODA to basic education.