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The Education Network's
Newsletter July 2014


The Education Network participated in the second replenishment of GPE. The Education Network participated with the GCE at the replenishment conference in Brussels last week by having representatives at the meeting.The second replenishment of GPE had the focus to ensure sufficient and sustainable financing for education in partner countries and achieve GPE’s vision of all children in school and learning. The Statement by GCE from the replenishment tells: "Donor pledges to the GPE fund totalled $2.1 billion, which is a strong start towards the replenishment target of $3.5 billion, but leaves some significant work to be done."
Of the total pledged the majority was pledged by governments in developing countries who have committed to increase their own education budgets by a total of $26 billion over four years. However, with the exception of some generous pledges, donors have not mirrored the ambition shown by developing country partners. These exceptions were notably from the United Kingdom, the European Commission, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. "GCE members the Danish NGO Education Network and Danish NGO IBIS had their lobbying efforts rewarded with a commitment of $270 million to 2018, pledging $55 million in 2014 and around $70 million every year from 2015."
Read the full Statement by the Global Campaign for Education here.
Read the GPE press release on the replenishment here.
Read refelctions of Alice Albright here.

Activities by the Education Network this autumn
This autumn we will follow up on activities from the spring, meaning that work with experience gathering, quality education and advocacy training will be the focus.

- Experience gathering:
To capture and describe the impact of the Education Network's learning initiatives on member organisations, the Education Network will make an Experience gathering and thereby document how the Education Network has been used. In this manner the common reflection and gathering of the effects of network's initiatives can contribute to methods and approaches of the network, and the work of the Education Network can be described, distributed and used in the future. To discuss these issues a members meeting will be organised and take place in october.

- Quality Education: The Education Network will continue the work with quality education from the survey among member organisations, by making a compilation of the results, arranging a series of After Work Meetings on quality education with mutual collaboration and exchange of experience, and compilating a document with references to literature, theory, international studies, and long-term studies on quality education, especially in relation to teachers' competence and cooperation with parents and communities.
Furthermore, based on the survey
, the after-work meetings, and the reference document, the Education Network wil prepare a document that can contribute to a reflection and constructive advice on quality education with a focus on the experiences of the member organisations and the communication between the organisations.
Find information and registration for already planned After Work Meetings on the homepage.

- Practice-oriented Course of Training on Advocacy for all memember organisations. The training course is based on the new guide, which the Education Network launched in April 2014: "Advocacy for Education - a step by step guide" (Download the guide from the homepage). Registration is still open -  only room for a few more participants. So better sign up day. 
Find registration, invitation and program here.


Reflections on the Replenishment. Aaron Benavot, the new Director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report reflects and comments on the GPE Replenishment conference last week.
"The pledges make GPE an even more important mechanism for financing education in low income countries and, in doing so, make it even more vital for its disbursements to be timely and predictable. Much criticism was levelled at the EFA Fast Track Initiative (which the GPE replaced) for poor disbursement rates from its Catalytic Fund. The GPE committed itself to more timely and predictable disbursements, however, and we hope to see this play out in the pledges made this week. Certainly, having annual targets for when they disburse resources to a country would make the delivery of these funds easier to monitor."
Read the full version here.

Global progress in reducing out of school numbers has ground to a halt. A new policy papaer, produced jointly by the EFA GMR and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, shows that global progress in reducing out of school numbers has stagnated leaving 58 million children out of school, with barely any change since 2007. The paper highlights ways to buck the trend, showing that seven policies have helped reduce out of school numbers in very different settings. Seventeen countries reduced their out-of-school populations by almost 90% in little over a decade by investing in positive action such as abolishing school fees, introducing more relevant curricula or providing financial support to struggling families.    
Download the Policy Paper here.

Launch of New Danish Policy for Support to Civil Society. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has announced a new Policy for Danish Support to Civil Society defining the foundation for the Danida’s cooperation with CSOs. The launch culminates a long work process during which lots of valuable input from Danish and international organisations has been recieved. 
Find the policy here.

Launch of: ETICO - Fighting Corruption in Education. ETICO is new portal aimed at fighting corruption in education systems around the world. It has been launched in June by the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO). The ETICO database, which houses the latest cutting-edge research tracking ethics and corruption, is a gateway for accessing expert training materials on transparency, accountability and anti-corruption issues in education and for support in implementing anti-corruption tools and strategies. The global online platform will serve as a key interactive discussion hub for national and international partners who are promoting transparency. It will provide them with the opportunity to upload and share research on this crucial topic to help create a stronger united front against corruption in education.
Find the ETICO database here.

NGO FORUM og Concord Denmark seeks a "Capacity Development Consultant". NGO FORUM and Concord Denmark have been merged and a new civil society platform is established. Since 2009, the NGO FORUM managed a pool to support professional networking initiatives and cross-cutting method development. In 2013  an external review of the pool was conducted and stated, among other things, that there is a need for a more systematic approach to capacity development and better documentation of organizational learning - and the new capacity development consultant will be responsible for this.
If this sounds like a position for you, find the job advert here.

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