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Vote for Education: Global Action Week 2015

VFE GAWIn 2000, the world’s leaders made a series of promises intended to guarantee education for all by 2015, including commitments to get every child in school, and to improve adult literacy by 50%. As we reach the deadline, while significant progress has been made, it is clear that these promises will not be met.

This year, the world will agree new frameworks – for education and for sustainable development more broadly – that will help set the tone and the focus for government policy and action from now until 2030.

As governments prepare to make this new set of promises, it is critical that civil society holds politicians accountable for the progress and failings of the last 15 years, demands that these promises are honoured, and has a say in what is being promised to make the right to education a reality by 2030.

We are asking teachers, students, education campaigners and members of the public to take part in Global Action Week events happening all around the world, 26 April - 2 May 2015.

2015 provides us all with a unique opportunity to make a difference for decades to come, and the Global Campaign for Education is committed to making the most of it. This is why we are asking politicians, representing their citizens at the World Education Forum in May and the UN General Assembly in September, to Vote for Education.

Please visit the Vote for Education website to get involved, download all campaign resources and find out more.

Global Action Week is one of the major focal points for the education movement. Created and led by the Global Campaign for Education, Global Action Week provides everyone campaigning for the right to education with an opportunity to highlight the Education For All agenda and make targeted efforts to achieve change on the ground, with the added support of millions of members of the public worldwide joining together for the same cause.

Why should governments vote for education?

  • Citizens WANT them to vote for education: Education is the top priority of citizens around the world, based on the United Nations’ My World 2015 Survey, in which 7 million people worldwide have taken part. Across all age groups, in all regions of the world and in all country groupings, when asked “Which are the most important issues for you and your family?”, the most common answer was “a good education”.
  • Education is our right: Education is a fundamental human right, and it must be at the core of any development framework.
  • Education is their responsibility: Education is the responsibility of the state - there must be free and public education accessible to all.
  • Education is fundamental to development: education saves lives, improves health, leads to faster growth, increases tolerance and raises awareness of the world we live in. Sustainable development will not be achieved without quality education.