The Global Campaign for Education: Successful Start in Brussels

On the verge of crossing the equator of the Millennium Development Goals, there are still 80 million boys and girls world wide, deprived of their right to education.

Countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark are leaders in the field, dedicating serious resources to primary education in poor countries; the UK has recently responded to the challenge by promising at least $15 billion in aid over 10 years to get every child in school. Spain, although in recent years has increased aid for education, has still a long way to go to meet her commitment with Education for All.

The Global Campaign for Education promotes education as a basic human right. It mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfil their promises to provide free, compulsory public basic education for all people; in particular for children, women and all disadvantaged, deprived sections of society. The campaign is driven by the conviction that quality education for all is achievable, and by the concern for the immense costs of failure.

The GCE, founded in 1999, brings together major NGOs and teachers' unions in over 150 countries around the world and therefore has a tremendous capacity to mobilize civil society.

In Spain, the World Action Week for Education is promoted by the following organizations:

Alboan, Ayuda en Acción, Educación sin Fronteras, Entreculturas, FE.CCOO, FETE UGT, InteRed, Intermón Oxfam, Save the Children and STES-i.



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