Global Faiths Coalition for Education

Faith-based groups across the globe have been powerful guardians of the most basic human rights and active champions for education for centuries. They can have a strong positive influence on the culture within their communities, both at grassroots level and among leaders.

The Global Faiths Coalition for Education (GFC Education) brings this historic goodwill and energy together to act in the interest of the millions of children and young adults around the world and promotes their human rights.

What does the Global Faiths Coalition for Education do?

The Global Faiths Coalition brings together a diverse range of faiths-based organisations and networks primarily to support children's right to education. Organisations that join GFC Education sign a common statement to acknowledge that education is a fundamental right of every child and the key to every individual’s wellbeing.

When a member joins they must agree to the following statements:

  • Education is a fundamental right of every child, the key to expanded opportunity and a source of peace, prosperity, employment and social cohesion.
  • We find common ground in the desire to realise the right of every child to an inclusive, equitable and quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • We join together in a Global Faiths Coalition for Education, not to advocate for religious education or preference of one religious doctrine over another, but instead to realise our common goal of education for all children excluded from formal and informal education.
  • We pledge to support efforts to end injustices against children, including forced marriage, discrimination and child labour. The coalition endeavours to work collaboratively with the faiths community, governments and NGOs to achieve education for all.

GFC Education and A World at School

Members of GFC Education have been encouraged to represent the voice of their communities in the A World at School's movement campaign for global education. In 2015, the members of GFC Education raised a combined four million signatures for the #UpForSchool Petition, delivering a powerful message to world leaders that the promise to secure every child’s right to education will not be forgotten.

How to join the Global Faiths Coalition

GFC Education welcomes all faiths-based organisations with an interest in education to join the coalition.

For more information about how your organisation can be part of the GFC Education and the broader movement please contact the team at gfceducation@theirworld.org.

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