Why are we focused during 2007 on the Right to Education?

The goals of Education for All (EFA), ratified in the World Education Forum in Dakar 2000, recognized that ..."all boys and girls, young and adults have the right to receive an education to satisfy their basic learning needs... Guaranteeing that by 2015 all children may have access to a compulsory, free and quality primary education".

Because of all this and because education is basic for people's development, Entreculturas has joined the activities of the Global Education Campaign in Spain.

"If all the children of the world got together, they would be more powerful than any government." Nelson Mandela 

 

Demands

The NGOs and organizations promoting the Action Week demand:

  • That the countries of the South should:
  • Guarantee education to be free and compulsory for all, using institutions and media to inform teachers, families, children and the general public of this right.
  • They should agree on and implement urgently an integrated and long term education strategy to achieve all the goals of Education for All.
  • Show their political engagement by carrying out an adequate internal finance programme to achieve the following minimum objectives:
  • Allocate 6% of the DGP for education, with half of the amount, at least, for primary education.
  • Allocate 20% of the budget to education.

 

The countries of the North should:

  • Allocate more predictable and stable aid for primary education in the countries of the South, supporting and respecting their policies.
  • Support international initiatives oriented to the universal quality primary education, such as the Fast Track Initiative.
  • Contribute to solving the problem of external debt and allocate the debt swaps to education and other basic social services.
  • Not to condition aid to commercial interests of Spanish enterprises ceasing to impose purchase of goods and services of Spanish origin.
  • End exclusion and discrimination in their own education systems, guaranteeing equal opportunities for all.

 

 International Institutions should:

  • Facilitate the countries of the South the necessary fiscal flexibility to allow long term, sustainable investment in their public education systems.
  • Guarantee that public salary ceilings may not stop necessary teacher hiring and other public servants