Global Action Week for Education – what does it Demand
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Global Action: More than 100 countries in the world ask to dignify the role of teachers and increase financing in education within the framework of this initiative, which will be held from April 25 to 30
After two years of the pandemic, millions of students cannot regularly go to school. Moreover, the restrictions to stop the expansion of COVID-19 have affected the most vulnerable population to a greater degree, especially children. In that sense, at the strictest moment of the confinement, in March 2020, more than 1.5 billion students were unable to go to class, according to a report by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE).
Although many schoolchildren in the world have already been able to resume their activities with total normality, others still do not. According to report data, schools in 23 countries, where 405 million school-age children live, have not fully opened their doors. According to the report, dataAre children learn? , recently published by UNICEF.
Global Action Week for Education
The study confirms that 2 billion hours of face-to-face learning have been lost worldwide, with severe consequences for students’ future, as highlighted by the executive director of UNICEF, Catherine Russell, in a statement from the organization.
“When children cannot interact directly with their peers and teachers, their learning is resisted. The learning loss can be forever when they cannot interact with their teachers and peers.”
To the educational emergency that exists throughout the world caused by the pandemic, it is also added the lack of schooling for all those minors who are victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters (a total of 104 million in the world according to UNICEF ), who are also denied a quality education as well as new learning opportunities, as proposed by the Sustainable Development Goal number 4 (SDG4) of the 2030 Agenda, according to the UN.
Precisely this year, the objective of the SAME is “make visible the fundamental role of teachers, educators and all support staff as guarantors of the right to education, as explained to Educaweb, Kasia Tusiewicz, coordinator of the campaign. Current educational needs, taking into account the educational losses caused by the pandemic.
A week of mobilizations
The World Campaign for Education (CME) is an international coalition make up of entities, associations, educational centers, unions, and social movements of a very diverse nature, born in the year 2000 and annually organizes the main actions and activities of the SAME. Today, it represents “more than 120 national and regional education coalitions, international organizations, and youth-led organizations,” explains Tusiewicz.
The GCE create with the desire to mobilize men and women to become activists and demand a universal and inclusive right to education for all children and young people in the world.
Educational inequalities, one of the main demands of Global Action
SAME 2022 wants to become a social loudspeaker to denounce the main inequalities that the pandemic has left in the education sector. Thus,the main effects have detect in an increase in the digital divide, less access to STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) among girls, as well as permanence in the numbers of early school dropouts, far from the objectives set by the European Union, according to data from the CME.
For example, almost 80% of the Roma population residing in the country have not been able to follow quality distance education during confinement because they did not have a computer at home, according to the Fundación Secretariado Gitano, as stated in the document “Raise your voice for teachers” published by the CME.
What are the main requests of Global Action?
Question the educational community, society, the media, and political representatives about the need to make the right to quality education real and effective for everyone in the world, within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.
Request that a firm commitment make to education for global citizenship to dedicate at least 3% of the total Official Development Assistance (ODA) to it.
Demand the government to continue working to allocate 0.7%. Of the Gross National Income to ODA -of which 20% must allocate to education.
Demand that one-tenth of the percentage allocated to ODA dedicat to education in emergencies.
Take into account the needs of teachers in all cooperation actions in education.
With these actions. SAME2022 aims to promote an active citizenry. With a critical attitude towards the transformation of the world and committed to defending human rights. And advancing towards the SDGs and a sustainable future. Understanding that education is a key piece in that way.
Actions and activities: what are there
With the end of the restrictions, face-to-face acts and activities resume again during Global Action in Spain. However, the central action on April 26 in the Andalusian Parliament stands out. Where children and adolescents were able to ask. Parliamentarians’ questions about education.
Another of the activities will meet on the 28th in the streets of Bilbao. Where around 200 students will be able to participate in workshops. And activities claiming and thanking the role of teachers. Also, on the same day. The University of Valencia will host a debate on the situation of teachers. In the face of existing global challenges.
Beyond public actions, SAME 2022 has also proposed some activities. So that educational centers can develop with their students. Such as Journalists for a day. With downloadable templates in which boys and girls must interview their teachers to value their daily work.
Participate in Global Action: how do I do it
There are different ways to participate in Global Action, whether you are an educational center, activist, political representative, or entity.
The organization proposes ideas and resources to get involve in spreading its message. And thus achieve better conditions for the education sector. You can join the one in which you feel most comfortable.