Global Action Week of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is taking place from 21-27 April 2008 on the theme of “Quality Education to End Exclusion” - a priority within the Education for All goals and a priority for achieving the Millennium Development Goal No. 2.
Global Action Week 2008 theme builds on the previous theme of the right to education, calling for an end to all forms of exclusion from quality education.
Fifteen countries, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Colombia, DRC Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guinea, Iran, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Peru and Venezuela plan to launch the 2008 Education for All Global Monitoring Report during Global Action Week.
As part of the events organized by the Global Campaign for Education and the National Coalition for Education during the Week, children in India will give a wake up call to Parliamentarians in 10 states by knocking on the doors of Parliament to signal the start of action week.
Parliamentarians have also been called to be part of the World’s Biggest Lesson which will also be attended by teachers groups, NGOs, parents, children and other concerned people.
Campaigners will hand over a charter of education demands to the President as well as to state governors.
In India, UNICEF's strategy in support of the Government’s Quality Education for All goals is built around three inter-linked themes: access, quality and equity in primary education:
• Improving learning effectiveness (with emphasis on gender parity) through a holistic and gender sensitive understanding of good quality education and demonstration of a scaleable quality package.
• Developing context-specific strategies to reach out to girls, especially from socially disadvantaged groups - urban poor, tribal, scheduled caste, and working children - in order to eliminate gender and social disparity in access as well as achievement.
• Enhancing the research base to ensure effective analysis, action and advocacy at all levels.Improving quality is a critical long-term strategy to significantly reduce the number of out-of-school children as well as to improve overall levels of retention and achievement. At the policy level, the Education programme endeavours to fine-tune policies and strategies to increase the enrolment, retention, achievement and completion rates in elementary education.
Success is contingent on strong linkages between families/communities and school.
Educational research and analysis is the cementing factor and provides critical inputs for effective planning and implementation.
In particular, the programme seeks to improve learning outcomes, completion rates and literacy levels amongst disadvantaged groups.