Case Studies and best practise

National coalitions have influenced education planning and policy processes

Bangladesh: The Campaign for Popular Education, CAMPE, has more than 1000 members, from grassroots level to INGOs, enabling dialogue to be channelled across local, regional and national levels. During World Teachers’ Day 2016, 12,000 people were mobilised; information on the status of teachers and gaps in commitments was widely shared; and a mobile app for real-time monitoring gave dynamic reporting from the ground.

Cambodia: NGO Education Partnership Cambodia conducted a public expenditure tracking survey which found that on average only 65% of allocated budgets were reaching schools. On this basis, and with consultations with schools and local officials, they successfully advocated for school payments and teacher salaries to be disbursed through the banking system.

Dominican Republic: Foro Socioeducativo, using online and offline communication tools to build a movement and enable peaceful nationwide demonstrations, is monitoring  delivery of government commitments to increase education spending. This works alongside its Education Budget Watch, which also identifies alreas for better targeting to improve quality and equity.

Kenya: In Kenya, when public secondary school fees significantly increased, poor families were no longer able to pay, leading to students dropping out. In 2013, the Elimu Yetu coalition organised a petition and a major demonstration, involving more than 3000 people, led parliament to demand guildelines to reduce fees. The campaign to reduce secondary school fees by half was achieved.

Ghana: The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) gathers citizen-led evidence on the government’s programme to eliminate informal ‘schools under trees’, with evidence fed back into policy discussions.

Nepal: NCE Nepal has been conducting budget advocacy to ensure an increase in spending from 15% to 20% of the overall budget, and monitoring its execution. It has also participated in formal government-led fora, such as the Joint Annual Review (JAR). These meetings enabled the coalition to contribute to the national definition of the SDG4 indicators, and shape the strategy for the SDGs in Nepal.

Pakistan: The Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) conducts ‘social audit’ hearings in different districts to review transparency and accountability in the education sector.

Sierra Leone: In order to help address the serious consequences of the Ebola crisis on education, such as schools closing down due to the lack of appropriate hygienic measures, Education For All coalition Sierra Leone inputted to the national response plan. As this plan originally lacked en emergency education strategy, the coalition helping contributing to a school reopening policy that was accepted by the government. The coalition Education For All – Sierra Leone has also been advocating for an increase in budget in line with the replenishment pledge made by the government of 14.5% by 2015, and is conducting a detailed analysis.

Zambia: The Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) used research to lobby for increased financing as a means of improving access and quality of education. Subsequently, the 2014 National Budget, in an historical turn, included a 20.2% share to education and the government committed to implement a re-entry policy for girls.