Education For All – Global Action Week 2010
Global Action Week is a worldwide annual campaign organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) to raise awareness of the importance of Education for All. UNESCO actively supports the campaign by organizing activities in its Headquarters and Field Offices, mobilizing networks and encouraging Ministers of Education and all EFA partners to participate
Governments and donors should mobilize their resources and honour the US$50 billion aid to education increase pledged during the Gleneagles G-8 summit in 2005.
This is the message of Global Action Week 2010 (GAW) from 19 to 25 April, organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE). As in other years, UNESCO is participating in the event, whose theme is “Financing quality education for all”.
GAW 2010 will differ from past Action Weeks as it will include elements of “1GOAL: Education for All”, an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise awareness about the importance of education. Launched on 20 August 2009, the campaign will extend beyond GAW and gain momentum in the weeks leading up to the FIFA World Cup 2010 final in South Africa on 11 July, taking place for the first time in Africa. Well-known sports personalities will be involved to engage and mobilize the World Cup audience through video and print channels. GCE has announced that a global summit on education will be held in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. More specific details about the event, including UNESCO involvement, will be confirmed.
Global Action Week 2010 will raise the visibility of education financing issues with policy- makers and the international community and call for increased financial support for EFA.
Poverty, gender, ethnicity, language, location and disability continue to be important obstacles to providing education to the hardest-to-reach groups. Education in countries affected by conflict is not receiving enough support, undermining prospects for recovery. Lowering cost barriers, bringing schools closer to marginalized communities and developing ‘second-chance’ programmes are all ways to improve access and affordability for excluded groups.
Additional information on innovative financing mechanisms can be found here:
“1GOAL: Education for All”, will continue beyond GAW and involve well-known sports personalities. The highlight of the campaign is the world’s largest school lesson on 20 April, entitled “1GOAL: Lesson for All” which will focus on the provision of quality public education as a human right, and highlight the current financing challenges faced by the international community in providing EFA.