Key moments in 2021
- March - One year on from pandemic declared, education focused press release.
- May/June - Child campaigning global day of action
- July - G7, hosted by UK, with a focus on girls' education.
- July - Global Partnership for Education (GPE) replenishment
- September - publication of our flagship 'Re-imagining Education' post COVID-19 report
- October - G20, hosted by Italy. Potential for a focus on debt and education.
In 2021 we will shift our campaigning to focus on national campaigning, ensuring that education becomes an increased & urgent political priority in key countries. In line with our new campaigns model we will put child campaigning at the heart of this, culminating in a global children’s day of action in May/June.
We will also focus on parents as a key target group. We will also develop a new hope-based campaigning narrative and multi-media content, focused on what we can achieve for and with children to save their education and their futures.
Child campaigning materials
Child campaigning will be at the heart of our campaign in 2021, in line with our new campaigns model and to help amplify irrefutable public pressure to drive education to the top of the political agenda.
You can support children in your market to co-create and implement collaborative campaigns about issues that are important to children using SC’s Campaign Planner for Children. We will be working with children to develop a global children’s Day of Action on education to take place on 1st June and will share actions that children can take as part of this on our dedicated Child Campaigning Spark Page. Please visit the page or get in touch with Rebecca Shuker if you would like any more information about getting involved with child campaigning work.
Policy & Advocacy
Our international advocacy work will focus on education financing through engaging bilateral donors ahead of crucial financing moments with the G7 in June, GPE replenishment in mid-2021 and ongoing ECW resource mobilisation. We will also look in the longer term at how governments can build back better education systems, with a flagship report on rebuilding education being launched in September.
Countries can, of course, identify their own national advocacy priorities but we have materials to support on safe school re-opening. While School closures can play a role in reducing community transmission of COVID-19, WHO/UNICEF/UNESCO guidance is clear that schools should not be closed where there is no or cluster-only transmission of COVID-19. Where pandemic restrictions are being considered by governments, schools should be last to close, first to reopen, with schools prioritised over non-essential spaces such as bars or restaurants.
Governments must urgently plan now to develop and fully fund a safe return to school and learning for all children, with interventions targeted to support the poorest and most marginalised, using the resources below. UNESCO GEM projections show that early action will save up to 75% of government expenditure needed to mitigate the education impacts of COVID-19.
What you can do:
• Use the Save Our Education Now Costed Briefing to engage governments and donors with the top five, evidence-based actions that national governments should prioritize to ensure that children whose education has been disrupted by the pandemic can safely return to school and catch up on the learning they have missed out on. Our analysis suggests that just over US$50 billion - an average of $370 per child - is needed from donors to implement these actions and protect the futures of the most marginalized children from the pandemic, for 136 million children who were in-school before the pandemic across the world’s poorest 59 countries.
• Use the Progress Under Threat report, marking one year from the Global Refugee Forum with new analysis of the education pledges, including progress made, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on refugee education.
• Where safety of reopening schools is an issue, use the new Safe Back to School Public Health Guidance to inform our advocacy on school reopening, supported by:
o The range of inter-agency Safe Back to School Practitioner’s Guide materials to address the particular challenges children are facing, and advocate for governments to follow our approaches with the specific guidances we have developed for WASH, Cash & Voucher Assistance, Teach Professional Development and wellbeing, Stress Busters / MHPSS, and participatory Back to School campaigns in multiple languages.
o WHO’s recent summary of evidence of the safety of school reopening in Epidemiological Update 23, produced with UNICEF, which suggests that supporting schools to implement comprehensive Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions such as WASH, masks, ventilation and distancing can allow schools to remain open sustainably, even in cases of cluster or community transmission.
GPE replenishment advocacy materials
We have developed the following resources to support your GPE replenishment advocacy at national level.
These resources are intended for internal use, and provide key messages and background information for use ahead of advocacy meetings or in the development of national briefings.
1. Case for Investment Explainer
2. Why Invest in GPE?
3. How do GPE and ECW work together to deliver Education in Emergencies?
All the materials, together with other useful documents, can be found in the Save Our Education folder here.
Our agenda-setting report was launched on 13th July 2020. The report:
- Makes the case for investing in ECCD and education, inclusive of “wraparound” services such as health, WASH and MHPSS, as part of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sets out how national governments need to respond, drawing on our programmatic evidence of what works and what is scalable, with a particular focus on groups of marginalized children most at risk to not returning.
- Provides clear and costed recommendations for donors and other global actors that provides us and partners with a framework for advocacy over the next 3 – 6 months.