World Access to Higher Education Day is a day of awareness that aims to bring global attention to inequality in access to higher education and accelerate action.
The third World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) will be on the 17th November 2020. WAHED is the global day of action focusing on increasing access and participation in higher education for those from low income and other marginalised groups. Covid-19 risks exacerbating the existing inequalities in access to higher education which exist in every country in the world. This online event will bring together key figures from the global higher education community to outline how Covid-19 is affecting equitable access and success to HE and what can be done about it. WAHED 2020 will focus on addressing the impact of Covid-19 on equitable access and success in higher education in terms of both policy and practice.
The aim of WAHED is to act as a catalyst for change at the local, regional, national and international level. In 2019 over 200 organisations engaged in WAHED from 45 countries including governments of 11 countries and 35 events were delivered under the WAHED banner. WAHED is being led by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in the UK.
WAHED is based on a principle of collective action meaning any individual and organisation can get involved by doing something in their own organisation and area. This can include organising an event, running a social media campaign, becoming a WAHED supporter, submitting student voice stories and making a WAHED pledge.