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Education for All (EFA)

Suggested activities for students:

International Literacy Day

Commemorate International Literacy Day (8 September) through various activities such as exhibitions, seminars, round tables, etc. Invite representatives of local organizations working with street children, marginalized youth, adult literacy, refugees and other disadvantaged groups to your school and organize a discussion day with them. Enquire about eventual volunteering with a local association or civic organization working on literacy or informal educational projects and share your skills and knowledge. Organize evening literacy classes for adults in your school and, in return, invite them to share their oral history and traditions with the students for a mutual learning experience. Use Facebook, Twitter and your local media to publicize all such actions.

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day (5 October)

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. In Uganda, 5 October has even been designated as a national holiday as a token of the government’s appreciation for the contribution of teachers to national development. The Philippines held a “Teachers’ Month” campaign and encouraged students to send a “Thank you,” card or letter to at least one teacher who made a difference in their lives. Find a way you, your class or your whole school could celebrate this day and pay tribute to teachers who are at the very core of education. Share on Facebook, Twitter and in your local media.

Child at an outdoor class runs by the local community for the children of squatters in Vere, Jamaica.

Child at an outdoor class runs by the local community for the children of squatters in Vere, Jamaica.

Take part in Global Action Week on Education for All

Global Action Week is a worldwide annual campaign organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and supported by UNESCO in order to raise awareness of the importance of education and to mobilize increased support to Education for All. It usually takes place in the month of April and focuses on a specific topic every year. Millions of students participate around the world. During the Global Action Week, you are invited to organize specific activities with your friends, your family, your class and your school in order to promote the right to education. The Global Campaign for Education prepares and disseminates specific materials for each campaign to guide you in the organization of your activities.

Networking

Find out about the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) a global network of more than 9,000 educational institutions in 180 countries. See if your school principal or school board is interested in joining it. ASPnet schools are ‘navigators for peace’ and agents for positive change. They work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.

Timor-Leste's Ministry of Education has launched a nationwide initiative to provide schoolchildren from Pre-school to Grade 9 with mid-morning meals.

Timor-Leste's Ministry of Education has launched a nationwide initiative to provide schoolchildren from Pre-school to Grade 9 with mid-morning meals.

Project work

Get a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discover the different aspects of education that are covered by this particular human right. Is this right being respected in your community/country? If not, what are some of the impediments that are preventing it from being respected? Conduct research on this topic as a class project.

Find other ideas in these two collections of innovative projects at classroom level.

Emergency aid

Organize an action like this book drive for the refugee children in Haiti.

Video: Books for children in Haiti

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Sustainable Development

Promote Sustainable Development: form a group to clean up your school environment, neighbourhood, river or even ocean! The two projects below demonstrate that it can be done.

Water Schools on the Yangtze

A plan to save the Yangtze river was launched by 50,000 schoolchildren in Sichuan province and has taken on national scope, with Tibetan lamas joining in. the project was launched by the Chinese Ministry for Education with UNESCO as a partner, in 2008. “It is a model for shifting away from the exam-focused educational system,” says Fu Zhiping, a professor of ecology at Mianyang University, Sichuan.

Baltic Sea Project

This is probably the world’s longest running multi-country school project which combines both environmental education and intercultural learning. Since 1989, 300 UNESCO Associated Schools in nine countries around the Baltic Sea (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden), have been active in the Baltic Sea Project. Both in the classroom and in the field, students study water quality, coastal observation and environmental history. The Baltic Sea Project organizes training seminars for teachers and summer courses for students and has produced a number of publications on aspects of its multifarious work.