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Global Action Week is fast approaching!

published 11 April 2008 updated 11 April 2008

Global Action Week 2008 is fast approaching and will see the launch of activities to promote universal education.

From 21–27 April, teachers' unions around the world will join together to campaign for education rights under this year's theme: "Quality Education to End Exclusion."

If your union or school has not yet planned any activities to mark Global Action Week, please consider what contribution you could make. Together, teachers, students and educational activists can send a powerful message to governments and policy makers worldwide.

EI has already distributed the funds and resources available for 2008 to unions that registered for Global Action Week. However, if you are short on time and resources, there are still many simple ways you can make a big impact during Global Action Week.

Wondering what would work best in your school or community? To get ideas, check out the Education International's Activity Report on Global Action Week 2007 at the link below. The report contains summaries of the activities carried out during Global Action Week 2007 by coalitions of teachers' unions, students and parents associations, NGOs, local and national government representatives and education activists.

EI supports its members who are organising events for Global Action Week and urges all affiliates to become part of this global movement for education rights. Engage with your local politicians and involve them in the World's Biggest Lesson on 23 April 2008. You can plan exhibitions, student competitions and fun walks. Let us know how they went and together we can campaign for Education for All both during Global Action Week and throughout the year. It is important to report on your activities to EI so that your contribution will appear in next year's report.

Global Action Week material can be downloaded from the Global Campaign for Education website and can be used and/or adapted in your national activities. For more information, contact us at globalactionweek@ei-ie.org.