Education against poverty and inequality

Global Initiative on Quality Education Against Poverty and Inequality (EAPI) is an Oxfam IBIS advocacy programme in education with a global outreach

EAPI came into being in 2014 in order to step up the fight for quality education in Latin America and Africa.

In other words, it does not just involve making sure all children go to school. If education is to be a way of combating poverty and achieving equality and development, this education has to be of good quality.

This is why inclusion of linguistic diversity, broad understanding of quality and rights-based access to education in the global political education targets adopted at the World Congress on Education in the spring of 2015 was such a success for EAPI.

Vision for the Initiative

Everyone has a right to a holistic quality education. Our vision is that education systems enable everyone (especially girls and young women, indigenous people and children living in fragile situations) to:

  • Live a happy, healthy, sustainable and fulfilled life in harmony with nature and others, respecting self and cultural diversity
  • Make informed choices from a full range of opportunities and adapt to change
  • Claim their rights and exercise them responsibly, and engage in shaping their societies.

Facts about EAPI

The EAPI helps organisations and networks on a national, regional and international level to implement changes to laws, regulations and policies relating to education and to ensure that governments stand by their commitments to guarantee free quality education for all. The programme works with quality in education and the financing of quality education.

Milestones of the year

  • EAPI has helped to ensure that quality was incorporated in the new world targets for education.
  • EAPI's global work has paved the way for one of the EAPI's partners was invited to speak about education at the UN's general meeting in september 2015, on the new targets for 2030.
  • Together with our partners, EAPI managed to persuade politicians all over the world to increase their financial contributions to education.
  • This was also a huge step, as it succeeded in persuading Latin American politicians and experts to discuss in earnest the importance of children being taught in a language they understand. This was based on a study created by EAPI's partners.
  • Input from EAPI's partners indicated the importance of involving civil society in the fight for better education. Politicians and ministers from eight countries gathered on the basis of the forementioned study, and formed a regional network of parliamentarians and organisations working towards quality education.

Partners: The Africa Network Campaign on Education For All (ANCEFA), Campaña Latinoamericana por el Derecho a la Educación (CLADE), Global Campaign for Education (GCE)