#UpForSchool campaign

The #UpForSchool petition was signed by school students, out-of-school children, parents, business people, youth, university students, community leaders, religious leaders, politicians and many others.

A World at School

The #UpForSchool campaign urged people to tell world leaders to keep to their promise to get every child a primary school education by the end of 2015. 

The #UpForSchool petition collected more than 10 million signatures and was delivered to the United Nations in September 2015. It helped to spotlight the right of every child in the world to be in school and learning.

About the #UpForSchool Campaign

More than 10 million people worldwide signed the #UpForSchool petition, which was organised by the A World at School movement. It was the biggest petition for education in history and was a massive global declaration that every child deserves a quality education.

It was signed by school students, out-of-school children, parents, business people, youth, university students, community leaders, religious leaders, politicians and many others.

In September 2016, the petition was handed over to world leaders who were gathered for the United Nations General Assembly. Singer and campaigner Shakira presented a book containing the signatures to Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Since the campaign and petition, considerable progress has been made - including education being at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Education Commission has come up with a bold plan to get every child in school by 2030 and the Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies has been launched.

  1. September 2015

    Singer and campaigner Shakira delivers the #UpForSchool petition, with more than 10 million signatures, to the United Nations. A Town Hall event is held in New York to mark the handover. It has been signed by world leaders, celebrities, business leaders, faith groups, communities and young people.

  2. August 2015

    Muslim Aid collects two million signatures in countries across the world. Other groups who contributed hugely included World Vision Bangladesh (1.5 million names), BRAC (1.2 million) and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (one million).

  3. July 2015

    Our Global Youth Ambassadors tells Oslo Education Summit that petition has gathered eight million signatures so far. World leaders gathered in Norway then announced the setting up of the Education Commission  and an education in emergencies platform - later to be called the Education Cannot Wait fund


    Global Youth Ambassadors from A World at School collect one million signatures - they included one who trekked for 11 days through the Himalayas.

  4. June 2015

    Angry Birds announce #UpForSchool partnership and launch special tournament game.

  5. May 2016

    The petition reaches the five million names mark.

  6. September 2014

    The #UpForSchool petition is launched at a special event attended by 300 youth activists in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells the event: "I am #UpForSchool."

    Youth rallies are also held in Kenya, Norway, India, the UK and Democratic Republic of the Congo

What's been happening in the #UpForSchool campaign?

R I S E - made by Vietnamese-American director, writer and producer Steve Nguyen - was premiered at the #UpForSchool Town Hall in New York.
21 reasons why five million people have signed #UpForSchool

21 reasons why five million people have signed #UpForSchool

Here are some of the reasons why so many people have signed - and why many millions more will join the #UpForSchool campaign.

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