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ADRA Launches “Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” Global Advocacy Campaign

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency petitions for one million signature so all children in the world can be in school.

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On Feb. 25, 2019, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) announced a new global advocacy campaign, “Every Child. Everywhere. In School.” The campaign is an urgent call to leaders around the world that all children, regardless of race, age, nationality, gender, religion or origin, have a right to earn and complete an education, and that being in school is a recognition of the value and potential of each individual child.

The campaign aims to collect one million signatures by 2020 through grassroots efforts in collaboration with the Adventist church, and petition world leaders to take action for children to receive a quality education, and live free from exploitation and the shackles of intergenerational poverty. Already, 131 ADRA offices around the world have pledged support for this global campaign.

“Every child is a child of God — precious, unique, and filled with incredible potential. However, poverty, marriages at young ages, inequality, disability, and many other factors are keeping an unacceptably high number of children out of school. This is why we are calling for greater investments in education globally and increased access to quality education for all children. It’s time that we make education a top priority so that every child can fulfill their God-given potential,” said Jonathan Duffy, president of ADRA.

Jonathan Duffy announces ADRA's new global advocacy campaign, "Every Child. Everywhere. In School.", during GAiN meetings in Jordan. Photo provided by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency

Jonathan Duffy, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, announces ADRA's new global advocacy campaign, "Every Child. Everywhere. In School.", during meetings in Jordan. Photo provided by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency

A 2018 UNESCO study reported that there has been little improvement in the reduction of out-of-school children, adolescents, and youth since 2012, and that since 2016, more than 262 million children around the world are still out of school. This represents nearly one-fifth of the global population of this age group. Additionally, high poverty levels were reportedly linked to out-of-school rates.

“The Every Child. Everywhere. In School. campaign builds on the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s long tradition of responding to the needs of all human beings, namely to stand up in favor of human rights, the well-being of children, and the protection and integrity of families,” Duffy said. “It is a call to action for all supporters to stand up with this Adventist-led movement and put into practice those principles we hold true.”

For years, ADRA has been a strong advocate on different social justice issues, including working with faith-based communities to champion support for refugees, migrants and displaced persons during World Refugee Day and World Refugee Sabbath, providing assistance to vulnerable families through emergency relief efforts, and giving greater access to children affected by displacement. ADRA has also pushed to end violence against women and girls, having initiated the “enditnow” campaign, and continuing to support the campaign spearheaded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Department of Women’s Ministries.

To sign the petition, please visit ADRA.org/InSchool/Petition. And for additional information and/or resources, please visit ADRA.org/InSchool/Resources.