Around the world with NDCS: campaigning for education internationally

NDCS Campaigns Blog - Suzanne Lagan, Deaf Child Worldwide

Suzanne Lagan, International Publications and Communications Coordinator, Deaf Child Worldwide.

Last time Deaf Child Worldwide (DCW) blogged we told you all about our work in Ecuador. This time we’d like to share with you how we’re campaigning to tackle the barriers that prevent young people in developing countries from going to school.

DCW and education
Despite the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015, there are still 57 million primary-aged children out of school, 19 million of whom have disabilities.

Many barriers exclude children with disabilities from education; you can read more about these here.

NDCS - MDG 2, education

So, DCW recently joined the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a multilateral partnership of nearly 60 developing countries, donor governments, international organizations, private sector, teachers, and civil society groups dedicated to ensuring all children receive a good quality education so that they can fulfil their potential.

The big win
GPE recently held an international conference in Brussels where it called on donors to financially reaffirm their commitment to achieving this goal. Their call to action was hugely successful:

  • Participants pledged more than US$28.5 billion new funding by 2018
  • The UK’s Department for International Development pledged up to £300 million to the GPE over the next four years, with Lynne Featherstone commenting “the UK is the biggest supporter of primary and lower secondary education in the developing world and our renewed commitment to the Global Partnership will help millions of children get the education they need.
  • Seven Calls to Action were agreed by delegates, including a commitment to “concrete targeted actions from actors at all levels… to turn inclusion [of children with disabilities] into a reality”.

NDCS is proud that DCW is part of such an exciting partnership and, if you would like to help us to create a world without barriers for deaf children, join our Campaigns Network today!

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