A newly elected President Refat Sabbah (the middle of the red tie). At the heart of the civil society education movement,
is dedicated leadership steering the direction of members based in over 100 countries/GCE
Kathmandu, NEPAL — A newly elected President Refat Sabbah, the General Secretary of the Arab Coalition for Education for All (ACEA), takes the reins and leads the movement into a transformative, sustainable and just future to ensure strengthened collective efforts that hold governments accountable to free, quality public education worldwide.
“Throughout my life I have been immensely supported by my friends and colleagues, whom I consider as role models and who play a significant part in this growing movement. I will do my utmost best to bring us the just transition we all strive for. I will still need and rely on you all, to advise, guide and to promote the movement throughout your regions and national coalitions. I remain committed to serving you all and propelling the movement to the next level” said Refat Sabbah, President of the Global Campaign for Education.
Voted in on the 17th November at the 6th World Assembly, by an overwhelming majority, Sabbah
will provide overall strategic direction for the next four years. Refat Sabbah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. A lifelong human rights and education activist, he is the General Director and Founder of the Teacher Creativity Centre in Palestine, the Chair of the Arab Network for Civic Education (ANHRE), and served on the board of GCE since 2015. Refat also founded ACEA, which represents eleven national and three regional education coalitions across the Arabic-speaking world.
Over the years, the movement has been steered by incredible leaders, from Dr Kailash Satyarthi
the first President, to Camilla Croso who served for two mandates 2011 (re-elected in 2015). These crucial elections of both the President and Board Members determine the shape and direction of the movement for the next few years.