World leaders promise to deliver free, primary education for all children by 2015. 110 million children are missing out on school.
Charities and teaching unions come together to set up the Global Campaign for Education.
2.5 million campaigners, young and old, target heads of state, dignitaries and officials in the ‘World’s Biggest Ever Lobby’.
7,000 schools take part in the first Send My Friend to School activities. Five million ‘buddies’ – each representing one of the 100 million children out of school – are sent to world leaders. The Make Poverty History campaign runs throughout the year.
At the G8 in June, world leaders promise to cancel debts owed by 18 of the poorest countries and give more money for education.
8,000 UK schools take part in My Friend Needs a Teacher and make cut-out teachers. Over six million campaigners in 112 countries highlight the global teacher shortage.
The UK government promises to give £8.5 billion for education worldwide by 2015.
Over a million children in 120 countries around the world JOIN UP in human or paper chains.
Children from 11 countries go to the European Parliament, to make the first JOIN UP chain, and in the UK, school children visited Prime Minister Gordon Brown to ask him to take action on education for all.
250,000 children in the UK send decorated Missing Out cards to Gordon Brown asking him to prioritise education at the G8 meeting.
An amazing 8.8 million people worldwide take part in the World’s Biggest Lesson including thousands of students in the UK.
World leaders meet in July in Hokkaido, Tokyo in Japan. The G8 announce $1 billion in funding to help meet the global shortfall for education. Sadly, this is less than 10% of what they need to give.
A million young people take part in the Big Read in the UK, listening to the words of Nelson Mandela, Michael Morpurgo and other writers on the importance of literacy before holding their own read-and-write-athons, and asking the Prime Minister to do all he can to give every child a chance to go to school. 13 million join in around the world!
Young campaigners Lily and Jenade visit Downing Street to interview the Prime Minister about education for all. Video: Lily and Jenade interview party leaders.
With five years to go until 2015, 72 million children are still out of school.
The international 1GOAL campaign focuses the huge attention paid to the World Cup on the need for education for all. A million young people join in with 1GOAL in the UK, sending thousands of giant supporter scarves to the Prime Minister.
Football icon Gary Lineker, and wife Danielle, attend the Parliamentary launch of the campaign with Global Education Young Ambassadors Ronan and Rhiannon.
67 million children are still out of school, and girls are more likely to miss out.
More than 600,000 young people take part in Send My Sister to School, sending ‘sister’ messages to their MPs, and a parliamentary exhibition takes the children’s messages right to the heart of government.
Progress is stalled, with 67 million children still missing out on school.
With over 60 million children still out of school, another 1.7 million teachers are needed to deliver education for all.
Join us in 2013 and make sure world leaders know that every child needs a teacher!
Photos: Kate Holt/Shoot The Earth/ActionAid, Chryssa Panoussiadou/ActionAid, Mark Chilvers/ActionAid, Camille Shah.
The ‘Transforming Education for Girls Project’ is run by Maarifa ni Ufunguo in Tanzania, supported by ActionAid and funded by Comic Relief and the Tubney Charitable Trust.