Spain: Out of the mouths of babes?

Politicians and leaders in 105 countries came face to face with children during what has been defined the World’s Biggest Ever Lobby (April 19-25 2004), when more than 850,000 people joined the Global Education Campaign (GCE) Action Week. Education is a basic human right and fundamental to the fight for human dignity and freedom. For more that 100 million children and almost 900 million adults, that right is violated everyday. The GCE promotes education as a basic human right, and exerts public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfil their promises to provide free, compulsory public basic education for all people, for children, women and all disadvantaged, deprived sections of society in particular. In Spain the Campaign was organised by Ayuda en Acción (Aid in Action), Intermón Oxfam and was coordinated by Entreculturas, a Madrid-based non-governmental organisation promoted by the Society of Jesus and linked to the Jesuit popular education movement of Latin America Fe y Alegría. During the Action Week, approximately 60,000 young girls and boys from all over Spain were involved in different activities, such as the Children?s Parliaments taking place in ten different cities. The reflections made during these assemblies took account of the hard work undertaken across hundreds of schoolrooms in preparation of this event. As the release distributed by Entreculturas states ?the action week meant that young girls and boys understand the importance of exercising one?s citizenship and political participation rights?. Children, among other things, urged politicians to comply with the Dakar agreement where the international community has committed itself to providing Quality Education for All by 2015. [HL40507]