The fourth General Assembly of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) was held in Paris, France, from 22 to 25 February 2011 at an important time in terms of significantly reduced funding and momentum to achieve the Education For All (EFA) goals and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 and growing challenges regarding education quality and the impact of civil conflict and natural disasters on education provision as highlighted by this year’s Global Monitoring Report. The Global March delegation at the Assembly included Chairperson Kailash Satyarthi, Governing Board members Mr Elie Jouen, Mr Cleophas Mally and Ms Ana Vasquez Gardini, and Executive Director Nick Grisewood.
Assembly delegates discussed and adopted a number of important resolutions, dealing with among other things the need for public resources and democratic ownership to ensure an available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable public education. In addition, delegates agreed on the need to focus on all aspects of EFA, including improved youth and adult education to support social change and equalities and improved access to early childhood education to underpin children’s successful transition to school. Resolutions on strengthening the GCE’s engagement in girls’ education and women’s literacy, focusing on the role and needs of teachers in ensuring the delivery of quality education and addressing the needs and expectations of children and youth with disabilities were also adopted unanimously. There were important discussions on necessary reforms to the functioning and communications of the GCE and its secretariat, including agreeing to have Portuguese as a fifth official language of the GCE and planning a comprehensive review of its constitution.