The Global Campaign for Education (GCE), under the motto “Fund the Future. Education rights now”, mobilizes to demand the political representatives to comply with their international commitments and to allocate the necessary resources in order to fund the education of all the people in the world.
In order to do so, the Global Action Week for Education will be celebrated in over 124 countries around the world. It will take place from the 25 to the 30 of April. There are 124 million boys, girls and young people in the world that are out of school. 52.9 million are in Sub-Saharan Africa, 50.9 million in Asia and Pacific, 6.6 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, 8.7 million in the Arab States and 5 million spread in the rest of the world’s countries.
In 2015, 196 States signed the Sustainable Development Goals and they committed themselves to ensure that all the boys and girls have an inclusive and equitable quality education and a lifelong learning by 2030.
On the occasion of the Global Action Week for Education, the Global Campaign for Education calls for the attention of the education community, the media, the political representatives and society on the necessity of giving tangible effect to the right to a quality education under the motto “Education protects us, lets protect its funding”.
- Education, an element of protection
Education is an element of protection. It contributes to the reduction of poverty, it saves lives, improves health, nutrition and the well-being of individuals and society. It also promotes sustainable development, peace, gender equality and fundamental freedoms.
But so that everyone can go to school it is necessary to take action in four areas: to have a school to which they can go and learn, to have enough qualified, motivated and paid teachers, to have adequate material and school furniture and to establish funded educational policies to ensure the compliance of the right to education.
- International commitments about financing education
States need to devote between the 4 and the 6% of their GDP to education and particularly Spain needs to fulfill its commitment of devoting at least 8% of the ODA to basic education.
Even so, we would still need 39,000 million dollars to fund education. This no financing gap could be fixed if every donor country gave 14 cents per student each day.
- Global Action Week for Education; an umbrella as a sign of protection
For all that has been said, the Global Action Week for Education will be celebrated from the 25 to the 30 of April in Spain, under the motto “Education protects us, protect its funding “. There will be acts of mobilisation in over 30 cities where it is predicted that over 10000 students and teachers will participate to protest against the political representatives about this cause.
During the whole of this year, over 100 education centres have been working with the students with teaching materials on the topic of the protection of education. I will be those students the ones that will carry out the acts on the streets in what has been called “Umbrellas for Education”, using the umbrella as a sign of protection in education funding.
What are you doing during the week? How are you supporting the campaign? You can follow the activities of the week through #GAWE and #FundtheFuture