Promoting quality education for all.


World Humanitarian Day Highlights Campaign to Act for Education in Crisis

Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA , 

On World Humanitarian Day, 16 U.S.-based organizations have joined together to encourage continued U.S. Government investments in Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global initiative striving to ensure access to safe, free, and quality education for all crisis-affected children and youth by 2030.

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Recap – Unifying the Playing Field: Local and Global Movements to Advance the Right to Education

Rachel Serebrenik, GCE-US Public Policy Fellow , 

On Friday, July 12th, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Light for the World, RESULTS and GCE-US convened a special day-long event, Unifying the Playing Field: Local and Global Movements to Advance the Right to Education. This special side event for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), convened by the United Nations, took a closer look at the various efforts and challenges in achieving Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG4), the right to inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The day was filled with rich discussion on collaborative advocacy efforts around the right to quality, inclusive education undertaken by local civil society organizations, national education coalitions, and international organizations.

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Quality Education Requires More than Math and Reading

Heidi Gibson, Director of Global Schools First, CEI, 
Quality Education Requires More than Math and Reading

For years, childhood education professionals have advocated for early access to early childhood development (ECD) programs as a means of leveling the playing field between better-resourced, more affluent students and more marginalized and vulnerable students. Focusing on early literacy and numeracy skills during the pre-primary and primary years can be a useful way to address achievement gaps. However, ECD programs often feel pressured to spend the bulk of their time on specific literacy and numeracy competencies, ignoring some of the “soft skills” that are critical to development in the early years. These skills, including social-emotional learning and global citizenship competencies, not only increase students’ success in school, but also help prepare them for their future as adults.

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Watch Unifying the Playing Field: local and global moments to advance the right to education

On July 12th, during the UN High Level Politcal Forum on SDGs, RESULTS, Light for the World, the Global Campaign for Education, and GCE-US convened the special event, "Unifying the Playing Field: local and global moments to advance the right to education." Throughout the day leaders from around the globe shared insights on the best practices and challenges we need to overcome for building sustainable, gender equitable, inclusive, peaceful and resilient societies.

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Four Pillars of Inclusion

Beth Offenbacker, PhDD, Founder & Principal, Waterford Inc, 

Beth Offenbacker, founder of Waterford Inc. shares her experience attending GCE-US's Inclusive Education Community of Practice. The meeting topic was "effective advocacy" with a panel featuring three former senior officials from the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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A No Brainer: Advocating for Early Childhood Education

Rachel Wisthuff, Assistant Director, OPPA, UNICEF USA, 
A No Brainer: Advocating for Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education (ECE) or pre-primary education is one of the smartest investments countries around the world can make. As a core component of early childhood development in concert with nutrition and protective, loving care, early learning is critical to a child’s first 1,000 days when their brains are developing more rapidly than at any other time in life.

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Education Funding - A Global Priority

Ronnate Asirwatham and Jennifer Rigg, 
Education Funding - A Global Priority

Education is a fundamental basic human right. No child, youth or adult should ever be deprived of their human right to access free quality education. While this rings true, and many policies around the world support this notion, millions of children remain deprived of their right to education. Vulnerable, marginalized communities and those negatively impacted by conflicts are the least likely to attend or complete their full 12 years of schooling.

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