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Latin American and Global Action Weeks for Education

CLADE considers that social mobilizations lie at the heart of active and participatory democracies, through the practice of collective action, coordinated strategies and collective expression of ideas and points of view. In this regard, CLADE, in partnership with members in different countries and regional networks, is involved in different social mobilization actions to demand guarantees for rights. Among these activities that reveal and make civil society demands public, are the Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) and the Latin American Week for the Right to Education.

Within the framework of these initiatives, debates, rallies, conversations with authorities, art work and communication activities have been organized in different countries in the region, engaging CLADE national forums, teachers’ unions, students’ movements and organizations, among other players, to raise awareness among members of the education community, authorities and society in general, inviting them to join the activities for the defense of the human right to education for all, as a State’s responsibility.

Each year, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) coordinates the GAWE simultaneously, across more than 100 countries. It is always celebrated in April, within the framework of the anniversary of the World Education Forum of Dakar (2000). Every year, this action week reminds States of the international commitments adopted for the realization of the right to education and a common theme is defined. Education of persons with disabilities, early childhood, financing for education, and social participation are among the themes selected.

At the same time, in 2017, CLADE organized the first Latin American Week for the Right to Education, to extend the value given to public, secular, free, inclusive and transformative education in the social imaginery and in the public debates in the region. The month chosen for the Latin American Week (September) was to recall the anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Each edition of the action week focuses on a key theme for the realization of the right to education in the region. The first one, under the theme “Fund what is fair!" addressed the demand of fair and adequate financing to guarantee public and free education for all. At the same time, the second Latin American week, launched in 2018, embraced the theme ”Education for Freedom: Dialogue and Action for an Emancipatory Education".

Latin American Week for the Right to Education

Diseño: Catarina Bessell

With this initiative, which embraces the theme "Educate for freedom", we want to invite the citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean to mobilize to defend an emancipatory education, capable of transforming the present and future of children and adolescents, young people and people adults, from reflection, dialogue and critical thinking, and from the ability to inquire, question, discern, imagine and act on other possible worlds.

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Global Action Week for Education 2018

Foto: Romerito Pontes

This global mobilization embraced the theme “Accountability for SDG4 through Citizen Participation" and carried out actions to hold governments accountable for the implementation of the 2030 Education Agenda, based on the active participation of citizens in the follow-up to the implementation of these commitments.

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