The Global Action Week for Education (#GAWE2019) campaign calls on government to take action towards quality education. Launching at the Sunnyside hotel last Wednesday, Global Education Campaign was initially launched in 1999 as a build up to the world education forum in Dakar.

South Africa Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga as one of the keynote speaker said in South Africa basic education is at a critical point that demands stronger commitments from all partners to ensure a timely delivery of free education for their Agenda 2030.

"Our constitution enshrines basic education as a human right and the state must ensure this right is available and accessible to everyone, "said Motshekga.

One of the missions of the campaign is to ensure it provides a platform for civil societies voices in relation to the world global education agenda.

Mungwena Maluleke the vice president of the GCE and general secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers Union SADTU said it is important for activists to come together and coordinate themselves to influence government.

"One of the ambitions is to influence government to guarantee a right to education, not just education but quality public education and we believe that quality public education is achievable as it is central to us," said Maluleke.

He added: "If we work together to lobby and advocate government through the United Nations and through any other platform as civil society being active on the ground on foundation to global level we can be able to have that commitment by government to ensure that whether the child is disabled, girl child or an adult will have a better access to education," he said.

The campaign work with coalition globally and it has been able to launch and support 100 hundred national and regional coalition throughout the globe who are working to influence their government stakeholders to come together and guarantee this particular right.

"Education is not a commodity .It is a right. So let's support our children and our stakeholders to work together .We need to call for action at all levels," said Maluleke.

FatiN'zi Hassane the head of skills and employment for youth programme under African Union Development Agency said there's a need of African solutions for African problems.

"Education must be inclusive for all children. GAWE offers an opportunity for us to come together and tackle the education challenges we face, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where the quality of education systems concerns all actors in the field of education," she said.

The Launch raised awareness under the Global Action week theme: "Making the right to an inclusive, equitable, quality, free public education a reality". It has showcased the coordinated actions planned across the world.

"As a country we are saying that as much as we pat ourselves on the progress we've made we also accept that there is more work to be done, hence we need to work together to grow South Africa and priorities education as number one," said Motshekga.

This year the #GAWE2019 focuses on key strategic areas, equality and non-discrimination, Transformative education and education in emergencies.

The event was driven by artist, social entrepreneur and activist Hlubi-Mboya Arnold. The global campaign for education (GCE) is a civil society movement working to end the global education crisis. Operating in almost 100 countries, its mission is to make sure that states act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality public education.


By Zingiswa Mndayi

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