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Global Campaign for Education

More than 100 million school-age children have never had the chance to attend school.

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE), founded in 1999, brings together major nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and teachers’ unions in more than 120 countries. GCE promotes access to education as a basic human right and mobilizes public pressure to create the political will for governments and other leaders in the international community to fulfill their promises to provide at least a free, public basic education for all children.

NEA is an active member of the U.S. Chapter of the Global Campaign for Education, a broad-based coalition of more than 30 non-governmental and religious organizations, teachers unions, foundations and child advocates to promote the cause of universal basic education in the world’s poorest nations.

The GCE serves as an umbrella group that works to:

  • increase public awareness of the need for universal basic education
  • help people in the United States identify steps they can take to realize the goal of universal basic education by 2015
  • push for donor financing to adequately support basic education
  • support the idea that the U.S. should take a leadership role in promoting universal basic education.

Global Action Week

Global Action Week celebrates the anniversary of the 2000 World Education Forum in Dakar where the Education for All (EFA) goals were affirmed. Since its inception, Global Action Week has been growing exponentially from 2 million people participating in 2003, to close to 9 million in 2008.

Millions of children and adults around the world can’t read or write and will never reach their full potential because they have never been to school. Every year, the Global Campaign for Education organizes Global Action Week to draw attention to the millions of children, youth and adults who cannot realize their human right to receive a quality education.

For more information, see the Global Campaign for Education and Global Action Week web site.

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