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The Education Network's
Newsletter August 2014


The Education Network invites for a series of interesting after-work meetings on Quality in Education.
In the first half of 2014 the Education Network conducted a questionnaire survey among member organizations working with quality education and development in their projects. Among many of the survey statements there are two that stick out, namely 1) that there is a strong focus on teachers' competences and 2) cooperation between schools and communities.
A working group (consisting of: Else Østergaard, the Education Network Coordinator, Catherine Watson, Axis, and Johnny Baltzersen, CICED) reviewed the responses from the Education Network survey, and is now taking steps to make it possible  that organizations in the Network discuss experiences and ideas for working with quality education with focus on teachers' capacity and school-community collaboration.

Therefore the Education Network invites for a series of after-work meetings under the overall theme Quality Education.
The after-work meetings will take place:
- Wednesday August 27th at 16:30 to 18:30: "Quality Education in critical conversation" by Catherine Watson, Axis. 
- Tuesday September 16th at 16:30 to 18:30: "Quality Education Development in a Mongolian context" by Johnny Baltzersen, CICED.
- Tuesday September 30th at 16:30 to 18:30: "Community mobilization and participation as part of quality education" by Catherine Kennedy from Save the Children.

Read more about each after-work meeting here.
Registration and further information in Danish via the calendar on the homepage - (NB: the two first after-work meetings will be conducted in Danish and the third in English!)

October 6th: Meeting in the Education Network for all members - save the date!
Right now an experience gathering of the Education Network is in preparation. This work has been initiated to capture and describe the impact of the Education Network's learning initiatives in member organisations, and thereby document how the Education Network has contributed to capacity development in member organisations. An analysis and report will be made to demonstrate methods and approaches used by the Network. The report will be destributed and can be used in future collaboration.
On October 6th at 16.30, the Education Network invites all member organisations to a presentation of the analysis and discussions of the results. Furthermore we hope this will lead to options for new working groups for future projects and joint applications.
Registration and more information can be found on the homepage. 



Greetings andt gratefulness from Charles Tapp, Manager of Partnerships and external relations GPE Secretariat.
On 6th of August a message to civil society from Charles Tapp was sent out to alle GCE members:
"Dear Global Campaign for Education and Local Coalitions,
On behalf of the Global Partnership of Education (GPE), I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), and its regional and national networks and members for your strong support prior to -- and during -- the recent GPE replenishment conference in Brussels..."

Read the full letter in different languages here.

GCE Statement on Palestine - Gaza: nine children killed every day.
In response to the number of children who have been killed, injured and displaced during the current conflict in Gaza, as well as the number of schools which have come under attack, GCE has sent this formal statement:
"The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) expresses its solidarity with the people of Palestine and condemns any actions which threaten the lives of children and teachers. GCE calls for an immediate ceasefire and the lifting of all barriers now in place that impede the work of humanitarian aid to assist thousands of people who have been victims of the brutal attacks. We furthermore call for the immediate protection of children, as well as of schools, educational infrastructure and all other services that ensure a dignified life for the Palestinian people."
Read the full GCE Statement on Palestine here.
Or find more on the GCE hompage here.

"Privatization and its Impact on the Right to Education of Women and Girls"
On July 7th the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) held its General Discussion on the Right to Education for Girls and Women, the aim of which is to commence the Committee’s process of elaborating a “General Recommendation on girls’/women’s right to education.” The purpose of the general recommendation is to provide authoritative guidance to States on the measures they should adopt in order to respect, protect and fulfill the right of women and girls to education.
Thirteen organizations from around the world presented a written submission to CEDAW on ‘Privatization and its Impact on the Right to Education of Women and Girls,’ highlighting evidence from a range of countries showing that more boys are enrolled in schools than girls, a problem that is exacerbated by the increasing privatization of education.  Privatization in many cases deepens gender discrimination in education because already marginalized and vulnerable groups, including women and girls, are more disadvantaged by private provision and are the least able to pay for services.
Find the report: "Privatization and its Impact on the Right to Education of Women and Girls" here.

Implications of “CAPITAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY” for education, David Archer comments on the book by Thomas Piketty.
"Unfortunately the potential for education to be an equalising force is constantly running up against more powerful forces that drive towards divergence: an increasing concentration of wealth and rising inequality. Of particular concern to Piketty is that access to education is increasingly stratified, particularly in relation to higher education. He observes for example that in the US “parents’ income has become an almost perfect predictor of university access” (p. 485).  For example, the average income of parents of Harvard students is $450,000 – putting them in the top 2% of the US income hierarchy. The lack of transparency of selection procedures blatantly contradicts official meritocratic discourse."
Find the article: "Piketty and Education" here.

Open Working Group: Final Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The Open Working Group has sent their final report with a proposal for sustainable development goals to be attained by 2030. 
The fourth goal is a seperate goal on edcuation: "Proposed goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all."
This is very positive, however there is still no guarantee that education will be a stand alone goal. Therefore we should still advocate for that, as well as we should work to improve the target on professional development for teachers.
Read the Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals here. 
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