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NEA President Dennis Van Roekel on Education for All Global Action Week


2010 is a critical make or break year for progress towards meeting the Education for All and Millennium Development Goals


By Dennis Van Roekel


Every April, 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 public education. The theme for Global Action Week 2010 is Financing Quality Public Education: A Right for All!

I am writing to invite your school to join this international movement and take part in 1GOAL: Lesson for All. These curricular activities were developed to help students understand the issues and help raise awareness about the importance of education as a human right. You can download the Teacher Toolkit from the NEA Global Action Week 2010 website. On this site there is also a response form so you can share what you did with us.

Thanks to the efforts by campaigners and the response of some governments in both richer and poorer countries, 40 more million children are in school since 2000. Yet these gains are at a risk of being eroded by the current economic situation. There are still more than 72 million children who do not have the opportunity to attend primary school. 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. World leaders have time and again promised this will change, and we hope that in 2010 this promise will be kept.

2010 is a critical make or break year for progress towards meeting the Education for All and Millennium Development Goals. Also in 2010, for the first time ever, the FIFA World Cup will take place in Africa. With this unprecedented global attention to Africa, the Global Campaign for Education plans to embark on a huge global campaign that will use this historic moment to raise unprecedented public awareness and action globally to achieve the Education for All goals.

We hope you will consider taking part in this exciting activity in support of giving every child the chance and hope in life that an education brings.