GNECC PARTICIPATES IN EDUCATION FINANCING WORKSHOP
Education International Africa and its member organizations in Ghana, including GNAT, NAGRAT,
TEWU, and CCT, organized the Education Financing Forum. The forum aimed to promote the Go Public, Fund Education campaign, advocating for increased government investment in education and opposing privatization. Participants included EI affiliates, government officials from Senegal, Zambia, Nigeria, and Ghana, as well as representatives from CSOs, Action Aid, Education Watch, GNECC, Tax Justice Network, teacher unions, and the media. The objectives were to enhance advocacy skills, adopt a conference statement, and develop strategies for lobbying governments. The forum involved registration, introductions, speeches highlighting global challenges in education, and discussions on education financing gaps, fundraising methods, impacts on teachers, and the privatization of education. Presentations focused on global education budget reductions post-COVID, borrowing implications on education in Ghana, wage bill caps in Malawi, Zambia, and Senegal, and leveraging taxation for education
financing. The members reviewed and accepted the EI statement, which was later presented to the
Minister of Education, who assured government support for education initiatives. The forum emphasized the importance of adequate funding for quality and inclusive education.
Below are some Recommendations from the Education Financing Forum:
1.Teacher unions should collaborate to advocate for adequate funding for education.
2.Teachers need to be properly supported, employed, and deployed to ensure quality education.
3.Motivating teachers is essential to address the shortage of teachers in schools.
4.Unions should push for an increase in the budget allocation to education for all.
5.Involving the finance ministry in discussions on educational funding is recommended.
6.Widening taxation and addressing tax fraud issues can contribute to increased education financing.
7.Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) should strive for quality and accessible basic education for all.
8.Unions can track the budget to ensure that allocated funds for education are utilized appropriately.
9.Advocacy for an education trust fund instead of a security trust fund is important to prioritize education over war.
10.CSOs should work collaboratively as a unified voice to achieve desired outcomes. In conclusion, “The Go Public, Fund Education Campaign” was successfully launched during the Education Financing Forum. The conference statement developed by Education International (EI) was adopted and accepted by the Ministry of Education. The forum also focused on building the advocacy capacity of EI Africa members and developing strategies for lobbying for government funding for education.