About GCE's Global Action Week
Global Action Week is one of the major focal points for the education movement. It provides every national and regional education campaign with an opportunity to highlight one area of the Education For All agenda and make targeted efforts to achieve change on the ground, with the added support of education campaigners and millions of members of the public worldwide joining together for the same cause.
Global Action Week 2015
The Right to Education 2000-2030 - Vote for Education!
This year's Global Action Week takes place from 26 April to 2 May.
In 2000, the world’s leaders made a series of promises intended to guarantee education for all by 2015. As we reach the deadline, while significant progress has been made, it is clear that these promises will not be met.
This year, the world will agree new frameworks and governments will make a new set of promises. It is critical that civil society holds politicians accountable for the progress and failings of the last 15 years, demands that these promises are honoured, and has a say in what is being promised to make the right to education a reality by 2030.
2015 provides us all with a unique opportunity to make a difference for decades to come, and GCE is committed to making the most of it. This is why we are asking politicians, representing their citizens at the World Education Forum in May and the UN General Assembly in September, to Vote for Education.
Education and Disability
An estimated 1 billion people live with a disability – comprising approximately 15% of the global population. It is estimated that 93 million of these are children – or 1 in 20 of those aged up to 14 years of age – living with a moderate or severe disability. In most low- and middle-income countries, children with disabilities are more likely to be out of school than any other group of children; even if they do attend school, children living with disabilities are often more likely to drop out and leave school early. In some countries, having a disability can more than double the chance of a child not being in school, compared to their non-disabled peers.
The rights of millions of children with disabilities are not being met, and it is vital that states take action to ensure that every child realises their equal right to participate in quality education, giving them an equal opportunity to participate in the their communities, the workforce and more broadly in society.
GCE's Global Action Week on Education and Disability will run 4-10 May 2014.
Every Child Needs a Teacher
61 million children are not in primary school The biggest thing we can do to give them their right to education is make sure they have access to a trained teacher. To do this, we need 1.7 million more teachers – 1 million more in Africa alone.
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