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Ready, Set, READ!

"Ready, Set, READ" will take place on Wednesday, September 13th from 8:30 am - 10:00 am ET in Washington D.C. GCE-US and our partners are hosting this event in honor of International Literacy Day.

“Ready, Set, READ!” will celebrate the power of literacy and education in transforming lives and highlight the significance of U.S. foreign assistance to education, particularly for vulnerable children who face higher barriers to education, including girls, children with disabilities and those affected by crises and conflict. A light breakfast will be served.

With distinguished speakers invited from Congress, USAID, partners, and youth advocates, our shared goal is to promote the reauthorization of the READ Act before it expires at the end of September 2023, ensuring that the momentum for quality, inclusive education for all and literacy remains unwavering.

➡️ Congressional staff and partners in the Washington, DC area are invited to RSVP here and join this event:

A few minutes of your time (from anywhere!) to help spread the word and take action on social media and across your networks makes a big difference!

➡️ Social Media Toolkit

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✨ We want to hear from YOU!

World Literacy Day kicks off month-long campaigning on literacy in September, and we want your help to celebrate and advocate! We're interested in knowing how literacy has positively impacted your life. Please send us a quote about literacy in your life, a picture of you with your favorite book, or anything similar you see fit! 

✍🏾 Please send us your submissions over Instagram or Facebook direct message or email us at so we can highlight your work!



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📣 Participate in Education Cannot Wait's #AfghanGirlsVoices Campaign

Education Cannot Wait and partners recently launched the #AfghanGirlsVoices Campaign to amplify the voices of girls fighting for their right to education. 

➡️ You can learn more about the campaign and participate here:


Call on Congress!
Take Action for READ Reauthorization! 📚

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 📣 Join in today by contacting your U.S. Representatives and Senators directly at: 

Your voice makes a tremendous difference! Now is the time to urge all Members of Congress to co-sponsor, politically prioritize, and pass this critical bill in support of access to inclusive basic education for children and youth around the globe! 🌎



  August 2023 Coalition Meeting

Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees who participated in our August Coalition Meeting! Graphic shows Himaja Nagireddy, Kenisha Arora, Kate Lord, and Harley Pomper.

On August 9th 2023, GCE-US convened our August Coalition Meeting in Honor of International Youth Day! Our discussion revolved around youth activism in the global education movement.

A massive thank you to the following speakers for sharing their powerful insights:

  • Himaja Nagireddy, 11th US Youth Observer to the UN, United Nations Foundation
  • Kenisha Arora, SDG4Youth High-Level Steering Committee Youth Representative, UNESCO
  • Kate Lord, Director of Advocacy and Communications, She's the First
  • Harley Pomper, Curriculum Director, Education for All Coalition

In case you missed the August 2023 Coalition Meeting, please watch the recording here and subscribe to the GCE-US YouTube channel!




       🇺🇳 Youth Observance on the International Day of Peace

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🕊 Join the UN on September 14th from 9:30 am - 12 pm ET for the International Day of Peace Youth Observance!

This event will provide the opportunity for young people to showcase the work they have done in their communities to accelerate global peace and the SDGs. 

💙 Learn more about International Day of Peace here.

📺 The event will be live-streamed on the UN's Youtube and UN Web TV channels.


Spotlight: Global Goals Week! ✨

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🇺🇳 Hosted by the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Development Program, Global Goals Week is a shared commitment between 150+ partners across civil society, business, academia, and the UN system to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially during the UN General Assembly High-level Week. It is also an opportunity to create solutions for advancing the SDGs by the 2030 Deadline. 

➡️ Learn more and sign up to participate here.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 in multiple languages: Inclusive education is the foundation for improving lives.

Are you or your partners planning to participate in New York or virtually this month for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit, and / or related activities? Please share your plans by emailing, and we hope the resources below are useful:


Kindly see HERE the Logistic Note, with information on how to pick-up your tickets for accessing the UN premises for those that registered in advance.


Join the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) movement at:

  • Sunday 17 September, 13:30-14:45 
    Tax Justice for Education: Transforming the Financial Architecture
    United Nations Headquarters  Conference Room 1
    This event is a key platform to broaden the data, scope and understanding of education financing and the impact of tax reforms into the progress of SDG4/ the human right to education.
    Co-conveners:  Government of the Republic of Malawi, Government of the Republic of Argentina, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Special Adviser to the UN’s Secretary General for Transforming Education, Education & Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG), Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

  • GCE Members and Civil Society Gathering
    Join us for an informal gathering on Sunday, 17 September, 6-8 pm ET
    Location:  Gotham West Market600 11th Avenue (between 44th and 45th), New York, NY 10036

  • Tuesday 19 September, 8:30-10:00
    SDG4: where we are and what we demand.
    Fully virtual side event. Register in advance for this webinar:

Additional events (with supporting flyers and materials links when available):

SDG Action Zone: 

The SDG Action Zone is happening on September 21, 9:00-12:30 p.m.


For those not attending in person, during the upcoming SDG Action Weekend, sessions can be followed online by clicking these links:

For the 16 September:

For the 17 September: 


USAID Global Reading Network: Monitoring Equity in Education in LAC

Graphic is from USAID's Global Reading Network. Smiling students stand together at school.

Join USAID’s Global Reading Network (GRN) and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on September 21, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET for a presentation and discussion on research from the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Centre on indicators of economic, cultural, and social status (ECSS) for monitoring equity in education, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

🌍 Register to attend here.


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