Anne Wafula-Strike in race mode
We are pleased to announce that a recording of our August conference call is now available for download. You can access the recording by clicking here.
Our guest speaker on the call was Anne Wafula-Strike, the first East African woman to compete in a Paralympic games. Anne spoke passionately about her experiences growing up as a disabled child in rural Kenya and the discrimination she faced. She also spoke at length about how important her education was in helping her to achieve all she has.
The call provides and excellent introduction into our work on inclusive education and will be a valuable resource as we go about taking the August action on generating media coverage of inclusive education.
We are pleased to announce that the August RESULTS Conference call will take place on Tuesday 7th August at 8pm. Our guest on the call will be Anne Wafula-Strike. Anne was the first female East African Paralympian to compete in a Paralympic Games. Click here to download the action materials.
In September this year the UK will host the Paralympic games, the pinnacle of a life time of training for many disabled athletes. This provides us a unique opportunity to bring the issue of disabled children’s exclusion from education to the attention of the British Public and our elected representatives.
With over 20 million disabled children still being systematically excluded from education, our timing could not be more opportune. This month we will be working with Anne Wafula-Strike to get Op-Eds published in the UK media on the subject of inclusive education, and we will be using those op-eds to influence the UN Secretary General’s new initiative on education. The Action Materials can be accessed here.
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Tagged Anne Wafula Strike, Conference call, Education for All, EFA, GCE, GPE, Grassroots, mdg2, Press, write to the media
Earlier this month, Paralympian and disabled rights activist Anne Wafula-Strike took part in a live, interactive debate on the BBC website. The debate was part of the BBC’s ‘World Class’ project, which brings together school aged children from around the world to join interactive forums to learn about and discuss issues that affect children all over the world. Joining the discussion were classes of pupils from as far apart as Bedford, Mexico, Cyprus, Kenya and Nepal!
World Class have been running a series of programs on the theme of Olympic and Paralympic values, the main focus from Anne being the idea of courage. The live debate featured a short film about a young boy named Alex who, like Anne, contracted polio as a child and is now disabled. Alex talks about his struggles with continuing his education high in the Kenyan mountains having the use of only one leg.
The children were able to ask Anne questions via Twitter which she happily responded to for over an hour and a half! The whole event was an excellent opportunity for these children to hear and learn from people living with disabilities and the challenges they face. We strongly recommend you check it out for yourself.
We are delighted to announce that a recording of our July conference call is now available for download online. Our guest on the call was Sunit Bagree, Policy advisor on inclusive education at Sightsavers, a charity working across Africa to help deliver education for blind and partially sighted children.
This month we ware working to ensure that the GPE is including all children, especially the most marginalised, in all the work that it does. The call discussed the work of the GPE and what it can and must do to bring all children int education.
Click here to find out more about the action.
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Tagged Education for All, EFA, Global Partnership for Education, GPE, mdg2, monthya ction, Sightsavers, Sunit Bagree
Image courtesy of Bread to the World
We are pleased to announce that our July action meetings will take place next Tuesday July 3rd at 8pm. Our guest on the call will be Sunit Bagree from Sightsavers.
Click here to download the action materials.
When it was founded in 2002 the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) pledged that it would seek to ‘help get the most marginalised children into school.’ Ten years on, and there are still millions of marginalised children who are systematically denied an education all over the world. The GPE has recently promised that it will be making a renewed push to get girls, one of the most marginalised groups, into school and learning.
That is hugely welcomed, but there is still much more to be done. Children are marginalised for a huge range of reasons, such as living with a disability, being an ethnic or linguistic minority, being extremely poor or as a result of cultural practices. If we are to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015 these groups need their specific needs addressed, now. This month we will be working to make sure that is the case.
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Tagged action call, Education for All, EFA, excluded groups, Global Partnership for Education, GPE, Grassroots, marginalisation in education, mdg
Earlier this week we wrote about how teachers and civil society organisations in Malawi are coming under attack for their work in the education sector.
Since then the Global Campaign for Education has made a call for an end to the persecution and have put together an action to bring together voices from around the world to call for the Government to protect those involved in the education system. You can read the GCE’s full statement on the issue here.
In their impassioned call the GCE state:
“The Global Campaign for Education (GCE), together with the Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA) are calling for an immediate end to the crackdown on civil society and gives messages of solidarity from around the world to activists in Malawi. Join GCE and ANCEFA in offering your support to civil society advocacy groups in Malawi, including the Civil Society Coalition for Quality Basic Education (CSCQBE) and their leaders, to demand their protection and an end to their persecution.”
To lend your voice in condemnation of the persecution click here to be taken to the petition.
According to the Global Campaign for Education and RESULTS’ report, Making it right: ending the crisis in girls’ education, approximately 41% of Pakistani girls fail to complete primary education.
The report says that one of the primary issues concerning education in Pakistan is the nominal budget for education and the low priority the govenment places on it. In the last four years, GDP allocation for education has remained below two per cent. The current budget covers operational costs and salaries but nothing significant for educational development, including construction of new schools.
Development professionals in Pakistan feel that the Ministry of Education is far from adopting a gender sensitive approach for ensuring girls inclusion in, and completion of, primary education. There have been calls for the ministry to devise sensitive and responsive budgeting with allocation for boys and girls in different brackets.
Yesterday the APPG on Global Education for All, a group of parliamentarians working to promote education for all around the world which RESULTS supports by providing a Secretariat, were visited by Carol Bellamy. Carol is Chair of the Board of the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI).
The FTI is a global education partnership between donor and developing countries, which provides roughly $300 million annually in grant funding for national education strategies in low income countries. It is one of the leading international forums helping to achieve education for all, and is based on a ‘compact’ of mutual accountability. Under these agreements developing nations are responsible for taking ownership of crafting national education plans, with budget accountability and a greater commitment of political and financial resources, while donor countries commit to providing the additional technical know-how and funding required. This is designed to ensure that no country that has met its obligations would fail for lack of resources or technical capacity. Continue reading
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Tagged Aid, APPG, APPG Global Education for All, Carol Bellamy, Disability, Education for All, EFA, Fast Track Initiative, FTI, Health, RESULTS
My name is Margaret Ya’u, a Commonwealth Professional Fellow currently in the UK on a placement with Results UK for three months. In Nigeria I work with Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) as the programme manager. CSACEFA is an Education coalition of civil societies/NGOs in Nigeria that is working in the area of education, seeking to influence policy issues through advocacy and work to promote involvement and participation of stakeholders in the provision of good quality education to its citizenry. It also works to strengthen the capacity of CSOs/NGOs in effective engagement with the government and the general public in education service delivery. CSACEFA started in year 2000 with an initial forty member organisations coming together to form the coalition, the membership has since grown to over 450 member organisations. Continue reading