World leaders promise to deliver free, primary education for all children by 2015. 110 million children are missing out on school.
Charities and teaching unions come together to set up the Global Campaign for Education.
2.5 million campaigners, young and old, target heads of state, dignitaries and officials in the ‘World’s Biggest Ever Lobby’.
7,000 schools take part in the first Send My Friend to School activities. Five million ‘buddies’ – each representing one of the 100 million children out of school – are sent to world leaders. The Make Poverty History campaign runs throughout the year.
At the G8 in June, world leaders promise to cancel debts owed by 18 of the poorest countries and give more money for education.
8,000 UK schools take part in My Friend Needs a Teacher and make cut-out teachers. Over six million campaigners in 112 countries highlight the global teacher shortage.
The UK government promises to give £8.5 billion for education worldwide by 2015.
Over a million children in 120 countries around the world JOIN UP in human or paper chains.
Children from 11 countries go to the European Parliament, to make the first JOIN UP chain, and in the UK, school children visited Prime Minister Gordon Brown to ask him to take action on education for all.
250,000 children in the UK send decorated Missing Out cards to Gordon Brown asking him to prioritise education at the G8 meeting.
An amazing 8.8 million people worldwide take part in the World’s Biggest Lesson including thousands of students in the UK.
World leaders meet in July in Hokkaido, Tokyo in Japan. The G8 announce $1 billion in funding to help meet the global shortfall for education. Sadly, this is less than 10% of what they need to give.
A million young people take part in the Big Read in the UK, listening to the words of Nelson Mandela, Michael Morpurgo and other writers on the importance of literacy before holding their own read-and-write-athons, and asking the Prime Minister to do all he can to give every child a chance to go to school. 13 million join in around the world!
Young campaigners Lily and Jenade visit Downing Street to interview the Prime Minister about education for all. Video: Lily and Jenade interview party leaders.
With five years to go until 2015, 72 million children are still out of school.
The international 1GOAL campaign focuses the huge attention paid to the World Cup on the need for education for all. A million young people join in with 1GOAL in the UK, sending thousands of giant supporter scarves to the Prime Minister.
Football icon Gary Lineker, and wife Danielle, attend the Parliamentary launch of the campaign with Global Education Young Ambassadors Ronan and Rhiannon.
67 million children are still out of school, and girls are more likely to miss out.
More than 600,000 young people take part in Send My Sister to School, sending ‘sister’ messages to their MPs, and a parliamentary exhibition takes the children’s messages right to the heart of government.
Progress is stalled, with 67 million children still missing out on school.
With over 60 million children still out of school, another 1.7 million teachers are needed to deliver education for all.
More than a third of children missing out on school have a disability. Half a million children across the UK take part in our campaign to ask for ALL children to go to school.
The UK government pledges £300m for global education.
Half a million children sent world leader messages to their MPs. And when world leaders will met in September at the UN they agreed a new goal to ensure that every child receives a quality education up to the age of 15 years old.
Young people from 4000 schools across the UK create paper rucksacks depicting what they would take with them in an emergency situation to call for world leaders to take action to ensure education for children caught up in emergencies.
The UK Government pledged £30million to a new Education Cannot Wait fund.
300,000 children and young people from across the UK created paper puzzle pieces to show that financing is the missing piece in the education puzzle. Together we called for the UK Government to pledge to the Global Partnership for Education – they pledged £225 million.
A quarter of a million young people join our Make Schools Safe campaign to call on the UK Government to sign the Safe Schools Declaration – which they do in April 2018! Together, we continue to push to ensure the Declaration is implemented.
Thousands of young people joined our Unlock Education for Everyone campaign. They created paper keys to present to their local MP to demand education for all. Millions of children are locked out of education simply because of who they are and where they live.
As young people all around the world were out of school due to COVID-19, hundreds of students in the UK gathered virtually to support ensure they could keep all their friends learning.
A quality education is critical to children’s safety, opportunities and ability to reach their potential. However, education around the world, and the hope that it brings, is facing a generation-defining emergency: COVID-19.
In 2021, the year of the UK’s G7 Presidency, co-hosting of the GPE replenishment and hosting COP26. We looked at how the UK should lead others to turn the tide on the global education emergency.
Photos: Kate Holt/Shoot The Earth/ActionAid, Chryssa Panoussiadou/ActionAid, Mark Chilvers/ActionAid, Camille Shah.
The ‘Transforming Education for Girls Project’ is run by Maarifa ni Ufunguo in Tanzania, supported by ActionAid and funded by Comic Relief and the Tubney Charitable Trust.