At a Parliamentary event yesterday, the UK’s Global Campaign for Education launched a ‘Call for Action’ on Education for All which will be used over the next six months to frame a dialogue with parliamentarians about UK support for education internationally. The UK has been a global leader in education and it is hoped that it will continue to play this role in the future.RESULTS UK is an active member of the GCE and our campaigns officer, Julia Modern, is credited for her contribution to the Call to Action. Many of the recommendations made in the Call to Action reinforce those that our activists have been already raising with their MPs over the past months, such as the need for major reform of the education aid architecture and a greater focus on getting children with disabilities and those living in conflict-affected and fragile states into education.
The document draws heavily on existing GCE UK policy engagement with DFID and its submission to the education strategy development process in particular. It outlines some principles which the GCE would like to see evidenced by the UK and then sets out five policy calls:
- More and better aid for education
- A global financing initiative that can deliver Education for All
- Improve educational quality, equity and inclusion
- International economic policy reform that supports education for all
- Action to address the global literacy gap
Matar Baldeh, National Coordinator of the EFA Campaign Network in The Gambia provided a Southern perspective at the Parliamentary event, stressing what’s been achieved to date and the importance of continued UK engagement. Mr Baldeh will be participating in the upcoming Fast Track Initiative (FTI) Board meeting and said that he was optimistic that necessary reforms will be made to improve the governance structure of the FTI and greater participation of civil society at the Board level.
DFID Minister Mike Foster reinforced the UK’s ongoing commitment to ensuring education for all. He noted that the meeting was taking place in the same spot that the UK government passed an act to ensure that all British people had access to an education 140 years ago.
All participants agreed that 2010 was a crucial year for education given the exposure that the 1Goal campaign will generate around the World Cup as well as the MDG Review Summit taking place this September. This meeting will provide a key moment for the international community to agree on steps that should be taken to ensure the MDG targets on education and gender parity are met.
Mike Foster also confirmed that DFID’s new education strategy – which a number of RESULTS activists contributed to – will be launched in early March 2010.
Click here to download Education for all: A call for UK action.