Every child – all girls and boys – must be allowed to learn.

Children are born into the world eager to learn. All too often, though, they do not have access to education. Today, more than 110 million school-age children worldwide, mostly girls, are not going to school and millions more are receiving poor quality education.

But a quality, basic education is every child's fundamental right. Gender discrimination must be eliminated, and schools must become places where all children feel safe. Schools cannot be so far away that they would be unable to attend. Education is not only a child’s right. It is also a child's responsibility, one of the most profound responsibilities a child can and wants to undertake.

Global Campaign for Education

Global Action Week is the most campaign intensive part of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) calendar with national educational coalitions preparing for up to nine months in advance to ensure that the week has maximum impact on decision makers. Since its inception, Global Action Week participation has grown from 2 million people in 2003 to over 15 million in 2010.Global Action Week 2011 took place from 02-08 May 2011. The 2011 focus was women's and girls' education. This year it is of utmost importance that we put our efforts together in raising our voices on women and girls and to be able to do this we have prepared a simple action which we hope will not only mobilize the masses, ...

Child Social and Financial Education

Child Social & Financial Education is a central campaign run by Dutch NGO – Aflatoun. March 2010 marks the two year anniversary of Aflatoun's global campaign launch to bring Child Social and Financial Education to children across the globe. Concept of the campaign revolves around the belief that children are powerful agents of social and economic change. Empowering children to make this change and break the cycle of poverty means making them aware of what their rights and responsibilities are, and equipping them with the tools to put those rights into practice. Program aims to help children by creating the link between children and the practical world of finance – a link which has...

I World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education

Heads and Deputy Heads of State, education ministers, experts and representatives from civil society from around the world will meet in Moscow from 27-29 September to examine ways of accelerating access to Early Childhood Care and Education. They will be attending the first World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education: Building the Wealth of Nations, which is being organized by UNESCO, the Government of the Russian Federation and the City of Moscow. Early childhood is a critical period. Children are most vulnerable and most dependent then on relationships for survival, emotional security and cognitive development. Yet large proportions of the world’s children are d...

Join the Global Campaign on Education!

'Millions of parents, teachers and children around the world are calling on their governments to provide free, good quality, basic education for all the world's children. They are part of the Global Campaign for Education; we add our voice to their call. Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, April 2002. Education is a basic human right and fundamental to the fight for human dignity and freedom. For 125 million children and 880 million adults, that right is violated everyday. What is the GCE? The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) promotes education as a basic human right, and mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfill...

Quality education to end exclusion

The Global Action Week 2008 theme builds on the previous theme of the right to education, calling for an end to all forms of exclusion from quality education. Over 70 million children of school-going age are not in school and access and retention levels particularly for certain categories of people for example, girls and children with special needs, are still low. In Sub-Saharan Africa for example, fewer than 70 percent are in school. Partly as a consequence, over 800 million adults cannot read or write. Yet to ensure that Education For All is truly achieved, the challenge is not merely to guarantee universal access to education but equally to ensure that it is of good quality. Th...

Education Rights Now!

WARM WORDS, LITTLE ACTION FROM G8 SAYS GLOBAL CAMPAIGN FOR EDUCATIONThe Global Campaign for Education (GCE) has issued a guarded welcome to the constructive wording on education offered up in this year's G8 communiqué but is dismayed that yet again these promises aren't backed by enough real and specific funding commitments. Campaigners say the text of 'Growth and Responsibility in Africa' is a broadly positive reiteration of rich countries' responsibility to support Education For All (EFA). Of particular note is the affirmation of the Dakar pledge that 'no country seriously committed to 'Education for All' will be thwarted in their achievement of this goal by lack of res...

Top marks for the World's Biggest Lobby

In the biggest children's lobby the world has ever seen, in April 2004 over 100 countries rang with the sound of millions of children meeting their country's top leaders and simultaneously giving a very simple message - help get the 100 million kids missing an education into school. In the UK, for example, Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development announced Britain's contribution of £12 million to the Fast- Track Initiative which will help developing countries provide education for the world's poorest children. Together, the millions of children and adults around the world involved in the Big Lobby helped make a real difference to their lives and futures....
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