Global Action Week for Education 2011: Spain takes action
Story tellers, testimonies, manifestos and demands; theatre, puzzles, wall paintings... everything was useful to transmit a clear message: girls and women cannot wait. "We must not allow that still 54% out of 67 million minors not attending schools should be girls and two thirds of the 759 million illiterate adults are women" according to Leticia Silvela Campaign coordinator.
Barcelona, the Comunidad Valenciana and Sevilla held several activities in universities, with political representatives and a great number of students focusing activities and demands on the meaning that lack of school has on the lives of millions of girls and women. Also active during the Global Action Week were other Spanish cities such as : Jaén, Almería, Córdoba, Granada, Las Palmas, Cantabria, Toledo, Cuenca, Salamanca, Burgos, Valladolid, Galicia, La Rioja, Melilla, Murcia, Navarra, País Vasco, Asturias and Zaragoza.
Students demand Congress a real engagement with education
Madrid held the main act of the Campaign with over fifty students from all over Spain who met with Delia Blanco, President of the Cooperation Commission, and the different parliamentary groups members, to demand government to meet its engagement with universal basic education.
Delia Blanco expressed her hope that " the government and any other country´s government will have a firm engagement with education". Blanco also said that " it is extremely painful to see gender inequality in the less favoured countries and the large amount of girls who cannot attend school for cultural reasons. We cannot allow that only part of the population may choose their own destiny".
After the private meeting a press conference was held where students explained their demands to the Commission." We have asked for a greater number of teachers to enable a better quality education and a better use of materials and technologies to encourage access to education for the less favored students" explained Anais, a student from A Coruña, adding that they also demanded the government "to allocate part of the aid to raise awareness and to facilitate access for girls to basic and higher studies in Latin America".