How governments set policies and implement laws and budgets have national implications for children’s education. For these to be effective, they need to be fully aligned with human and child rights, and be developed with the active and meaningful participation of children and communities.
We are committed to transforming national systems and structures to help ensure that all children can claim their right to a full education. We work with public authorities, and strengthen their capacity to put in place legal frameworks, policies, infrastructure, budgets and systems that provide quality, inclusive education for all in development and emergency settings.
Importantly, we partner with communities, civil society organisations and governments to improve children’s and communities’ meaningful participation in developing policies and setting budgets. This extends to working with partners, including children and young people, to advocate for key educational reforms.
Our work in this area directly supports Sustainable Development Goal targets 4.a, b and c to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Case study: Lobbying for quality education in Uganda
Plan International in Uganda has lobbied relevant government stakeholders at district and national level to influence policy reforms and measures to enforce quality education for all children.
In a bid to tackle corporal punishment in particular, Plan International has piloted children’s courts and a peer mediation approach in over 4 districts. Experiences from these initiatives have been shared at civil society meetings and with government to highlight the severity of corporal punishment and the success and feasibility of alternative approaches.
As a result, a district ordinance and bi-laws were passed in Luwero, Lira and Tororo districts respectively which:
- make it compulsory for all parents to send their children to school, provide them with mid-day meals, and other school materials like stationery and uniforms
- require girls to return to school after giving birth
- ban all forms of violence against children in schools.
Despite these measures being put in place they are not being enforced adequately - the fines are not clearly stipulated and communities are not made aware of the ordinance and bi-laws.
To help improve awareness, Plan International is currently promoting the measures to over 35 supported schools.