Girls' education campaigns

Global Action Week 2004

UNICEF supports efforts around the world


Building on recent actions during the Back-to-School campaign, UNICEF is supporting these additional activities during GCE Week of Action:

  • Children, parents and religious leaders will participate in a round table on girls’ education with the Deputy Minister of Education.
  • A special episode of the BBC soap opera, New Home New Life, will focus on girls' eduction.
  • The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs will sign a joint declaration on girls’ education.


  • Messages signed by thousands of children throughout the country will be sent to the Prime Minister urging the government to do more to meet their commitment to ensuring every child receives a quality education. A group of children will also meet with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education.
  • A group of children, including working children, disabled children and children from both formal and non-formal schools, will discuss the issues with parliamentarians during a question and answer session in Parliament House on 20 April.
  • Film actors and actresses will join 3,000 children to form a human chain around the National Press Club.
  • About 150 children will paint a 50 metre-long canvas illustrating childrens' ideas and thoughts about education, today and for the future. Political leaders, trade union representatives, teacher union representatives, celebrities, the media and members of the development community will lend their support. The canvas will be exhibited in front of the National Museum during Action Week.
  • About 500 children and 300 adults will participate in a cultural programme. Song, drama and dance will all focus on the theme of "no child will be missed out".
  • Three TV talk shows will be broadcast during Action Week. Officials from the Ministry of Education and members of civil society groups will discuss how to ensure quality primary education for all.


  • Children will send a message to the President and to elected local representatives in each department.
  • Local representatives and parliamentarians will visit schools to talk to educators and learn on the ground about problems in education.
  • In a national lobby, 500 children from throughout the country will travel to the General Assembly to advocate on behalf of children excluded from education.
  • School children will draw maps of their villages, neighbourhoods or communities to identify families whose children don't go to school.


  • The Ministry of Education will open the Week of Action with a press conference. 
  • Children will participate in a Big Lobby on 24 April 2004 with the Prime Minister or the Minister of Education, and they will address their issues with political leaders in their communities.
  • Children will prepare community maps to help identify children who don’t go to school.
  • Radio messages and newspaper articles will be broadcast for the whole week.


  • Children from throughout the country – both those enrolled in school and those not in school – will participate in a signature campaign seeking support for education for all children.
  • Children will meet with the President to voice their concerns and they will lobby politicians at district and provincial levels.
  • 3,000 children from across the country will participate in a ‘Walk for the Cause’ in Islamabad. Similar walks will be held in the provincial capitals and in a number of districts.
  • 3,000 boy scouts will be mobilized throughout Islamabad to spread the message of education for all.
  • Children will draw maps to help identify out-of-school children.
  • Politicians will go back to school to discuss the issues with children.
  • Interviews with out-of-school children will be featured in the media and advocacy spots will be aired daily at each airport.
  • Eight districts in Baluchistan will participate in the launch of the State of the World's Children Report 2004: Girls, Education and Development, with the participation of teachers, civil society groups, NGOs, donors and UN agencies.

Papua New Guinea

  • Girls will be meeting with legislators and education officials to talk about ways to make sure that as many girls as boys are in school.
  • Educators and educational authorities will hold workshops to discuss how to accelerate girls’ education.


  • At the opening ceremony of the Week of Action on 19 April, Sudan’s National Girls’ Education Strategy will be launched. The President is expected to attend together with the Minister of Education.
  • Children will address the ceremony. UNICEF is supporting the participation of 13 year old Halima Mohamed Maour El Basha. Halima is from Kadugli, capital of South Kordofan state. Unable to attend school as a young child, she has been attending school for the last two years. Halima will talk about how education has changed her life and her family's life.
  • A full day of activities, including an exhibition, games and sports, will be held on 23 April by the Federal Ministry of Education in partnership with a coalition of national and international NGOs.


  • Children will take photos of why some children are not in school and will display their pictures at a UNICEF-supported photo exhibition at one of Lusaka’s main shopping malls, organized by the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Zambia.
  • The Children's Parliament will hold a session.
  • As part of the ‘Politicians Back to School’ activity, members of Parliament will visit schools in their constituencies.
  • A TV programme on the "Missing Children" featuring an official from the Ministry of Education and the UNICEF representative will be aired during the week.


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