ERIC Number: ED450439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Working for Change in Education: A Handbook for Planning Advocacy.
Save the Children, London (England).
This handbook is for those seeking to improve children's education, especially those organizations that work closely with children, parents, and teachers. It sets out a way of approaching advocacy work with the understanding that advocacy groups have a greater impact on the direction of educational change if they have a well-thought-out advocacy strategy. The information is based on an international conference of nongovernmental organizations that was held in 1999. The handbook is divided into six chapters. Chapter 1 explains why education advocacy is needed and examines the mechanisms for change and the importance of a planned but responsive process. The next chapter looks at the elements that should be changed and how to decide upon a specific change objective. The third chapter discusses how change can come about, paying particular attention to the political context and the education reform process. Chapter 4 explores who has an interest in change and the need to hear the voices of children, parents, teachers, and civil-society groups. The fifth chapter outlines how to plan advocacy approaches and activities, including action research, policy analysis, and lobbying, and the last chapter discusses the importance of evaluating the effectiveness of advocacy campaigns. An appendix presents two case studies. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Save the Children, London (England).