Work together with progressive partners around the world to ensure the #COVID19 pandemic does not stop progress towards the Agenda2030 and especially SDG4! #ProtectEducation

Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

Johannesburg, South Africa
Non-profit organization
Established : 1999
Education and COVID-19 Response

Support the equitable continuation of learning
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensure a full and fair return to education
Following the pandemic
Strengthen learning systems
For the future
Strengthen gender equality in and through education

At the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), we believe that gender equality is a human right and a requisite for achieving broader social, political and economic development goals, as stated in the Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Gender equality is intrinsically linked to the right to quality education for all and to achieve this, we need an approach that ensures that girls and boys, women and men, access, complete and are equally empowered through quality education.

Through its broad network, the GCE has experience working in complex, crisis and polarized contexts, and commits to keep advocating for a more equal, inclusive, peaceful, and democratic education for all. GCE and its members have been at the forefront of efforts to deepen gender equality in education globally.

Regional Focus


Countries of Interest

Brazil, United States of America, Eswatini, Palestine, Germany


As a leading civil society movement that promotes and defends education as a fundamental human right; with over 125 members consisting of 93 of national education coalitions, 18 International NGOs and 14 regional networks and youth-led organisations, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is at the forefront of ensuring continued learning during the COVID-19 crisis, and developing long term strategies that will ensure safe and full return of learners to school and strengthened learning systems. This is being carried out through unifying civil society around advocating for the right to free, quality, inclusive public education for all.

Through the national education coalitions, education unions, regional networks and international non-governmental organisations united under the GCE, the movement is capable of advancing the Coalition's mission through ensuring the delivery of front-line education in emergency needs on the ground, promote information and knowledge sharing that feeds into policy discussions at all levels and unifying are governments and civil society to ensure that response to the COVID-19 pandemic is equitable, inclusive and rights-based.

Action areas

Capacity Development

Capacity development to support distance learning
Capacity development to manage the reopening and return to education
Capacity development to strengthen system resilience and response to future shocks
Capacity development to support and provide training to teaching staff

Advocacy and Communication

Outreach to parents and communities on the right to education
Back-to-school campaigns
Assess the short-term impact of educational disruption
Evaluate the effectiveness of distance learning strategies

Primary Contact

Mr. Philani Ndebele

Communication Officer

Senior Contact

Mr. Grant Kasowanjete

Global Coordinator