Three simple steps to stand #UpForSchool in Global Week of Action

Up for School or #upforschool campaign

Education activists around the world are to create a message no world leader can ignore at the GCE (Global Campaign for Education) Global Week of Action from April 26 to May 2.

Teachers, students, civil society groups and child rights campaigners will be collecting signatures for the #UpForSchool Petition during the action week that will be taken to world leaders at the United Nations, demanding urgent action to get every child into school and learning.

Dr Ed Gragert, Executive Director of the Global Campaign for Education-US, said: “Our members know that nothing changes without pressure and that we need to work together to turn up the heat on world leaders to keep their promise to get every child everywhere in school and learning. Together I hope we will create a message that is very hard to ignore.”

Here are three simple steps to collecting signatures for the Global Week of Action:

Step 1. Download the official #UpForSchool Petition form today

The official petition form is available in more than 20 languages and you can download it here. You can also find posters, postcards and other images to help at your events here.

Students in Bangladesh sign #UpForSchool Picture: World Vision

Step 2. Share the petition at events and across your networks and collect signatures. Every signature counts.

Are you holding events? Can you share the petition across your networks of schools, teachers and community groups? This is the best way to collect signatures. Look at the example of ITA in Pakistan and World Vision in Bangladesh.

Step 3. Email [email protected]

Tell us how many signatures you have collected during the Global Week of Action. We will add your name to the campaign and arrange for the petition signatures to be collected and taken to the United Nations to be handed to world leaders.

It’s that simple!

Boaz Waruku of the African Network Campaign on Education For All (ANCEFA) said: “We have a window of opportunity in 2015 to get leaders to commit the funding and support necessary to get every child into school. This can only happen with your help. You need to collect thousands of signatures during this year’s Global Week of Action.”

Download your official petition form here and start collecting.

Mr Waruku added: “By signing the #UpForSchool Petition the voices of teachers, students and communities of diverse backgrounds – more so, the disadvantaged and those in conflict situations – will be heard by world leaders and make a difference. Speak out by getting more signatures and rising #UpForSchool”.

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