30.04.2014 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

UNESCO Partners with National Coalition for Education to celebrate the EFA 2014 Global Action Week

2014 Global Action Week (GAW) on Education for All (EFA) will take place from 4 to 10 May 2014.  This annual awareness-raising campaign is organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

UNESCO supports EFA GAW every year by disseminating information and resources through its network and by organizing activities together with NGOs, GCE members and other EFA partners. This year, the campaign will focus on the theme of “Education and Disability” under the slogan “Equal Right, Equal Opportunity”. This event will highlight the profound challenges faced by persons with disabilities in realizing their right to education.

National Coalition for Education (NCE), India, being the country counterpart of GCE in India, like in the previous years will  celebrate the Global Action Week with its partner organisations, namely, UNESCO, UNICEF, OXFAM, ACTION AID, World Vision, CMD, AADI, Educational Institutions (NCERT, NUEPA), NCPCR, RTE Forum, Aastha, VSO, teachers’ unions, schools and communities from 19-25 May 2014 (due to elections in India the event will could not take place in the week 04 – 10 May 2014). 

The EFA 2014 GAW culmination event in India will be held in New Delhi on 25 May 2014, where national and global scenarios’ as well as UN provisions and declarations on educational rights of disabled children will be shared along with success stories of  National Disability Awards’ winners, and stories of disabled children and their teachers. It is also proposed to screen short visual/movie on 'Education Rights of Disabled Children' in India. NCE for the celebration of EFA Global Action Week 2014 has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to advocate with all stakeholders in 20 States of India and prepared a “Charter of Demands” to address the issue nationally. 

UNESCO has a homepage dedicated on EFA Global Action Week 2014 through which the following information can be accessed:  

  • A video message from the Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General  UNESCO 
  • “Key messages” 
  • “Facts and Figures” related to education and disability
  • Bibliography/Resource list
  • Links to other resource materials

About GCE: The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement established in 1999, to end the global education crisis. GCE mission is to make sure that States act to deliver the right of everyone to a free and quality public education. Members of the Global Campaign come from almost 100 countries, including international and regional bodies as well as national coalitions. GCE works to strengthen the voice of civil society in the development of national education. Through quality resources, shared learning and programmes such as the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) national campaigners hold governments to account to ensure Education For All is implemented in countries with the greatest need. GCE aims to ensure a justiciable right for every child to goals of Education for All (EFA) and every year runs a campaign named Global Action Week.  GCE’s Global Action Weeks have been running for over a decade, and since the very first week in 2001, tens of millions of people have taken part. 

Website: http://www.campaignforeducation.org/en/ 

About NCE: National Coalition for Education (NCE) is a conglomeration of networks working on Right to Education. The network comprises of Parliamentary Forum for ensuring right to Education, All India Primary Teachers Federation (AIPTF), All India Federation of Teachers Organization (AIFTO), All India Secondary Teacher’s Federation (AISTF), All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE), World Vision India and People's Campaign for Common School System (PCCSS). UNESCO, Asia South Pacific Association For Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) ,Care India and 250 Regional and National CSOs are other members of this network. National Coalition for Education (NCE), India, being the country counterpart of GCE in India, celebrates Global Action Week every year with its partner organisation and teachers’ union in schools and communities.

Website:  http://www.nceindia.org/ 

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