Global Weekly Update April 6, 2010
Week of Action on Education is April 19–23: Create a Local Buzz
The Week of Action on Education is a big week for getting kids in school around the globe. There will be a major legislative event on April 21, a national media call, and people around the U.S. and around the globe will be bringing attention to the power of education. Here are your Week of Action resources (including lesson plans, action sheet, media advisory, education Jeopardy game), and here is a list of activities below that will help you create a buzz. Organizing activities in your community will create interest for your local media — you can become the local angle for a media story.
- Teach a lesson at a local school using the Global Week of Action Toolkit and/or Education Jeopardy game. Invite your media to cover.
- Organize an education and action meeting for community members using a segment from Back to School and our April Action Sheet. Get your Reps. to cosponsor the bill.
- Invite your media to be on a national media call to get the scoop on what’s happen outside your community on global education (press packet coming soon).
- Partner with other organizations working on the Education for All Act: National Peace Corps Association, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association.
- Partner with others in your community who are supporting schools in developing nations to share stories and take action.
April Global Conference Call is This Saturday, April 10 at 2 pm ET
Join the conference call this weekend where we will highlight upcoming opportunities to push the Education for All agenda forward. Guest speakers will be Joanna Kuebler, Director, Global Campaign for Education, U.S. Adon Adon, a student from Warren Wilson College, will also share her story of the long path she has taken from Tibet to the U.S. to get her education. Find a local group to join, or contact the results office at (202) 783-7100 to get information on how to connect.
Take Action: Ask Your Senators to Sign on to the Bipartisan International Affairs Budget Letter
According to a bipartisan group of senators: “A robust International Affairs Budget reinforces the continued bipartisan commitment of Congress and current and past Administrations to invest in the strategic tools that are essential to strengthen our national security, foster economic growth, and promote America’s moral leadership.”
Use our International Affairs Action Alert to call your senators and ask them to sign on to the letter. Both parties agree that a strong international affairs budget is important to our moral standing, economic growth, and national security.
Prepare to Attend the 30 Year Anniversary Celebration International Conference in Washington, June 20–22
Now is the time prepare for the 2010 International Conference. See the schedule and registration form. Excitement includes:
- A 30-year celebration
- Skill workshops on 6/20
- Senator Durbin to speak on the morning of lobby day, 6/22
- Lester Brown of Earth Policy Institute
- Reception on the Hill after lobby day
Our agenda is ambitious because our times demand it. America is called to lead — and we need the tools and resources to exercise our leadership wisely and effectively. We can bury our heads in the sand and pay the consequences later, or we can make hard-nosed, targeted investments now — addressing the security challenges of today while building a foundation for security and prosperity in the future.
— Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
April 10: Global Conference Call on Education. 2:00 pm ET. Call in at (888) 409-6709. This Saturday!
March 27–April 13: Congressional recess. Get meetings with your members!
April–May: New Activist Orientation. Four sessions: April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17. Call (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262. Contact Lisa Marchal to sign up and for more information.
April 6–10: Microcredit Summit Campaign Africa and Middle East Regional Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
April 19–23: Global Campaign for Education Global Action Week.
June 20–22: RESULTS International Conference, Washington, DC.
April 27: Seattle (with Mary Njoroge)
May 14: Houston (with Muhammad Yunus)
May 15: Denver
May 23: Bremerton, WA
May 23: Chicago, IL (with Rep. Jan Schakowsky)