A Year in Review: GCE-US 2020 Highlights
The Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) has made great strides toward its mission of promoting education as a basic human right and creating political will in the United States and internationally to ensure global, quality education, which is at the core of all human development. This year, the global pandemic has made our work to ensure education for all even more critical.
Learn more about Global Campaign for Education-US 2020 Highlights here!
Global Education Partnerships & Advocacy
- Your voice and support have tremendous impact! This week, Congress voted to fund international basic education at $950 million for Fiscal Year 2021, including $125 million to support the Global Partnership for Education, $25 million for Education Cannot Wait, and $150 million designated for girls’ education in conflict settings. With $75 million of additional basic education funding over Fiscal Year 2020 enacted levels, USAID and its partners can better support children and youth who are out-of-school around the world.
- GCE-US sent recommendations for U.S. leadership in global education to incoming policymakers after the U.S. election. With more than 90 signatories, the recommendations urged the U.S. to support communities to conduct inclusive, accessible remote learning and the safe reopening of schools. In response to the recommendations, GCE-US is meeting with incoming policymakers as they review progress and plan for the next four years to advocate in support of international education, inclusive education, pre-primary education, girls' education, and education for all children.
- Add your voice -- Sign the petition to incoming U.S. policymakers! Please join this effort here.
Inclusive Education & Early Childhood Community of Practice
The Inclusive Education and Early Childhood Community of Practice met on December 9 to discuss the Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years Report and ways to use it for advocacy. Nafisa Baboo, the Director of Inclusive Education for Light for the World, shared findings from the report, noting that Africa has the highest prevalence (66%) of children at risk of not meeting their developmental potential and that quality and inclusive early childhood development (ECD) is at the heart of the SDGs.
Kakali Banik, Senior Education Advisor at USAID, shared pre-primary education tools underway at USAID. Henry Malumo, Campaign Manager for the Zambia ECD CDF Financing Campaign, spoke about a new campaign to promote the importance of ECD with parliamentarians and the general public in Zambia. Delfina Hary, the Inclusive Education Project Manager for Light for the World in Mozambique, highlighted coordination of advocacy activities for ECD in Mozambique.
Get involved: join the Inclusive Education & Early Childhood Community of Practice!
GCE-US Wants to Hear From You!
In partnership with our member organizations, the GCE-US coalition has been able to work towards ensuring universal, quality, inclusive education for all children and youth since 2003. To improve our advocacy and work together, GCE-US is seeking your feedback. Please complete the GCE-US 2020 Member Survey here.
Would you like to join the coalition? Express interest today!
What We're Reading & Watching
Reaching the Most Marginalized: A Human Right to Inclusive Education
We co-hosted the Disability Inclusive Education Forum on December 4 with Education Cannot Wait, the Government of Norway, Special Olympics, International Disability Alliance, International Disability and Development Consortium, Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies, Global Action on Disability Network, Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network, Light for the World, Jesuit Refugee Service, and Include Me Too. The speakers demonstrated that the basic right to education, especially for children and young people with disabilities in emergency settings, has been impacted and we must act.
Advocate Eddie Ndopu, who is planning to be the first person with a disability in space, reminded attendees of the Forum that human rights apply to all and that denying access to education and opportunity is an injustice:
“We have an attitudinal problem and a failure of the public policy imagination to account for the full experiences that children with disabilities in vulnerable contexts embody...This is not a question of misfortune; it is a question of injustice...institutional and structural exclusion and oppression. If we are to really reach those furthest behind, we require a moment of reckoning that society has let down children with disabilities. And we have to act to change that ...now.” >> Learn more here.
Civil Society Education Fund Evaluation
The Civil Society Education Fund, 2016-2019, has concluded and the summary report is available here, including documented outcomes, reflections, and lessons learned across the Global Campaign for Education movement.
Education service transformation in Sierra Leone: Where policy meets the people
As the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) prepares to launch a new five-year strategic plan, GPE Board Member and Sierra Leone Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education David Moinina Sengeh shares lessons from his first year in office on what transforming education means to the people of Sierra Leone.
Give the Gift of #EducationForAll
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In a year when the impact of quality education for all has been felt in every part of the globe, an investment in #Education4All is more timely, more relevant, and more needed than ever before. As millions of children remain out of school, and as they return to classrooms, GCE-US ensures every child has access to the resources they need to be successful, especially those who are most vulnerable to falling behind or not returning to school - girls, children with disabilities, children from displaced populations, and other marginalized groups. Your gift has triple the impact!