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Global Campaign for Education

About us

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end the global education crisis. Education is a basic human right, and our mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.

Our membership is comprised of a huge variety of national, regional and international civil society organisations, teachers’ unions and child rights campaigners. Together, we hold governments to account for their promises repeatedly made to provide Education for All.

Nationally, there are over 80 education coalitions which have their own memberships comprised of teachers’ unions, NGOs and other civil society organisations committed to education.

These national coalitions work to effect positive change in their education systems, monitor commitments made by their governments and represent their countries on the international political stage.

GCE was established in 1999 and delivered a united civil society voice during the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000, influencing the six Education for All goals. Since then GCE has continued to grow and some important progress has been made, including 40 million more children in school. However, far more still needs to be done to realise the right to quality education for all. Close to a billion people right now are being denied the education that would change their lives. 

GCE campaigns throughout the year, mobilising pressure from all sectors and holding governments and international institutions to account.

Members of our network

  • Please visit to see the full list of GCE Members.

Global Action Week in South Africa

Members of our network

  1. Standards: governments and their international partners must recognise the necessity for professionally trained, qualified, supported teachers, and develop policies and standards for teacher recruitment, training, development, salaries and conditions that reflect this.
  2. Planning and reporting: governments must develop costed plans to fill the gap in trained teachers and ensure that the plan addresses disparities between regions, in rural and remote areas and report publicly on progress against these plans and on the Pupil-to-Trained-Teacher Ratio (PTTR); donors should publish and report on their planned contribution to filling the trained teacher gap.
  3. Finance: governments must develop and implement budgets that will ensure that the trained teacher gap is filled – including necessary recruitment, training and professional-standard pay; donors should allocate at least 10% of their ODA to basic education and provide more aid through predictable, long-term budget support.

Who are we targeting during this year's campaign?

We are supporting members of our network to target decision-makers on national, regional and international levels.

In particular, we are focusing on the World Bank as the biggest funder of basic education.

What activities are we running during Global Action Week?

  1. We have provided resources to GCE Members including schools' packs, campaign packs and films. We are also running a global e-campaign targeting the Executive Directors of the World Bank.

Our media campaign

Please visit our social media pages at

Coalition contacts

First Name Last Name
Sherry Abuel-Ealeh