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Quality Education for All

Ensuring universal access to quality education.
Published: 05/2020

Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory.” —Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

NEA is working with education unions, professional associations, teachers, students, parents, and communities around the world to ensuring universal access to a quality education for all.

Education International’s Unite for Quality Education Campaign—This awareness campaign maintains that quality public education for all is one of the fundamental pillars of a just and equitable society; demonstrates that privatization undermines public education and and is detrimental to the interests of society; and ensures that the free, universal quality education goal is a central part of any global development strategy.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Quality Education—The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in March 2020 launched the COVID-19 Global Education Coalition to help countries mobilize resources and coordinate their response to the global pandemic with regards to education. You can learn more on their website.

Global Campaign for Education—GCE brings together major nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and teachers’ unions to promote access to education as a basic human right and mobilize public pressure to create the political will for governments and other leaders in the international community to fulfill their promises to provide a free, quality public 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 70 non-governmental and religious organizations, teachers unions, foundations and child advocates to ensuring universal access to a quality education.

Meet Ami

Ami wants to be a pilot. She knows that education is essential. Watch her story and use your voice to stand up for the dreams of all children and youth around the world.

Meet Ami: Ami wants to be a pilot. She knows that education is essential. Watch her story and use your voice to stand up for the dreams of all children and youth around the world.

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