Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Arab education coalitions celebrated this occasion with more excitement this year due to the election of Refat Sabbah, the General Secretary of the Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA) to the position of President in the Global Campaign for Education (GCE).
Following the recently concluded GCE World Assembly, held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from November 13 to 18th, under the theme of “Transforming Public Education Systems for Equality, Inclusion, and Justice”, Arab coalitions have great hopes for 2019.
There is a lot to celebrate, although huge challenges remain ahead. During their strategic planning meeting also held in Nepal, Arab coalitions agreed on the need for a stronger “transformative” approach to advocacy.
Coalitions discussed how they can collectively address the increasing challenges they face, such as the shrinking space for civil society to operate, dwindling domestic budgets for education, and of course, the escalating and widespread conflicts in the region.