Gearing up towards the Global Action Week for Education - the global flagship event for the education civil society movement
The Global Action Week for Education in 2019 takes place between the April 24th to May 1st under the overarching theme: Making the right to an inclusive, equitable, quality, free public education a reality. The aim of this year's Global Action Week for Education is to highlight education as an enabling human right that we all have the right to claim and enjoy, and to put pressure on governments and international bodies to take appropriate measures, including financial ones, to fulfil this right.
The proposed slogan: My Education, My right(s) is framed within the overall SDG4 targets and focusing on claiming the right to education. It encompasses several of GCE's strategic focus areas. It relates closely to ‘Equality and non-discrimination’ and also has linkages with 'Education in emergencies' as GCE undertakes policy strategies to promote the right to education for people who in the context of conflicts and climate change-related emergencies struggle to enjoy their right to education. It also articulates with Transformative education and with SDG4 target 4.7. Education should not be limited to the acquisition of basic literacy and numeracy skills, but should also focus on preparing citizens to be active and assertive holders of their rights and play an active role in shaping the present and future of societies.
We are at a critical point that demands stronger commitments of all partners to ensure the timely delivery of free quality education for all as set out in the Education 2030 agenda: children starting school in 2019 will complete their 12 years basic education by 2030. It is an ideal moment to interrogate stakeholders on their commitment, and to assess if the fundamental human right to free inclusive quality public education for all will became a reality.
This year, the Global Action Week for Education calls on governments to