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Global Action Week for Education 2019 in Bangladesh. My Education, My Right(s)

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. Education Community in Bangladesh rightly picked up this issue with the slogan “My Education, My right(s)” as part of observing GAWE 2019 in Bangladesh.

2019 is an important year for education. In the United Nations system, the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education will be under review at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2019. This year's HLPF will be followed by the Head of Governments/States gathering at the UN General Assembly in September 2019.

Every year Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) is observed across the world focusing on a single theme picked up from education related issues. This year the week has prioritised overall SDG4 targets focusing on claiming the right to education. GAW 2019 (24 April to 1 May 2019) rightly picked up this issue where it seeks people's engagement with the slogan My Education, My right(s) for achieving SDG4.

As part of this initiative, CAMPE observed GAWE 2019 with teacher associations and young people in different parts of Bangladesh. To mark the week, a series of programs were organised at the national and sub-national levels including rallies, discussion meetings and roundtables. This campaign was covered in 10 districts by Teacher Associations. Thousands of people including government officials, public representatives, educators, researchers, NGO representatives, students, guardians, teachers, school managing committee members, representatives of civil society groups and media participated in the week-long programs discussed pertinent issues and raised their voices for ensuring accountability for SDG4. The Policy Demands presented in different programs included, among others, the following:

• Credible and transparent roadmaps for implementation of the full SDG 4 agenda;
• Provision of 12 years of free, publicly funded, equitable quality primary and secondary education be aligned with the Education 2030 Framework for Action;
• A formal and structured space for meaningful, active participation of civil society including teachers and parents;
• Access of disadvantaged people especially children with special needs, street children, orphans, working children, those belonging to ethnic groups, and children in hard to reach areas;
• Prioritise hitherto ignored targets on early childhood education, youth, adults and postsecondary/technical and vocational education and training;
• Allocating 4-6% of GDP and/or 15-20% of the national budget to education, of which at least 50% must be dedicated to primary education;
• Values education/ Global Citizenship Education to be incorporated in teaching and learning.

GAWE 2019 is still continuing in Bangladesh and expected to generate momentum to civil society’s demands for ensuring right to quality education for all.

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