Take Action – Education

ORGANIZATIONS

American Federation of Teachers
A union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. Opportunities for action include legislative action and resources for action on many child-rights and labor-related issues.


Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC)

Unites parents, youth, advocates and educators to support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal in our schools. Advocates for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity.


National Education Association

Committed to advancing the cause of public education in the USA. Members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. Partners with parents, families, communities, and other stakeholders for quality public education and student success. Has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the US.


The Rights to Education Project

A collaborative initiative ActionAid InternationalAmnesty InternationalGlobal Campaign for EducationSave the Children and Human Rights Watch. Promotes mobilisation and accountability on the right to education and builds bridges between the disciplines of human rights, education and development. Activities include conducting research, sharing information, developing policy and monitoring tools, promoting online discussion, and building capacities on the right to education. See advocacy resources

TOOLS FOR TAKING ACTION

Education Rights: A Guide for Practitioners and Activists
Source: Global Campaign for Education/ActionAid, 2007
Presents ideas and methodologies to put a human rights-based approach to education in practice. It focuses on six strategic areas: understanding and securing the right to education working with excluded groups; financing education; promoting citizen participation in education securing rights in education; advancing a full “Education for All” agenda. Each section begins with a brief overview of key issues to be considered and then discusses a range of activities, which could be developed within a scheme of work. Short practical examples are given from a wide range of countries.


ESCR Rights in Practice: The Right to Education 

Source: Amnesty International / Right to Education Project, 2012
Contains sections on understanding the right to education and on taking action, with a particular focus on local civil society organizations working with local communities to realize the right to education, especially in Africa. Seeks to assist community workers to better study laws and policies and promote the monitoring of the right to education.


The Graduates: Youth Action Guide

Type: video anthology
Source: The Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Set of resources for youth, educator and advocates designed to inspire youth leaders to educate, collaborate, and co-create with their peers, their parents, and their communities. Covers the challenges faced by Latino students and explores organizing strategies that can make a difference. Whether schools are predominantly Latino or not, addressing how to improve academic outcomes for Latino youth will strengthen the entire community and the social and economic future of the nation.
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