Communiqué de presse
Paris, 9 Mars 2016
A l’occasion de la Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie, une coalition d’organisations francophones de la société civile se mobilise contre la marchandisation de l’éducation, le 15 mars 2016, au siège de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
UNESCO launched a digital campaign on the right to education to unpack the legal significance of the right to education and the major challenges that are blocking its path. Through a series of videos, animations, visuals, interviews and stories, the UNESCO campaign - running from 15 October to 18 December 2018 - will highlight a right that is at the core of its global mission to ensure equal access to quality education.
On the occasion on World Teachers' Day 2018 on 5 October, UNESCO has published a concept note to highlight that the right to education is not just about access to education but also includes quality education, which requires qualified teachers.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the right to education, Koumbou Boly Barry, submitted a report to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the right to education, which focuses on the right to education for refugees. The report, available here, will be presented on 19th October at the UNGA and broadcasted via UN Web TV.
Right to Education Initiative (RTE) has recently published its Annual Report, highlighting its work and impacts on the right to education carried out in 2017. RTE’s work in 2017 focused on four thematic areas:
Right to Education Initiative, together with civil society groups in Kenya, Uganda, and Liberia, supported a letter sent by Global Justice Now to UK's International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt to halt funding for Bridge International Academies. Bridge runs over 500 private schools in India, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda which have been criticised for their poor teaching methods including the use of invariable, scripted lessons to be read out from tablets.
At the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), states reaffirmed their commitment to the right to education by adopting a resolution (A/HRC/RES/38/9) entitled ‘The right to education: follow-up to Human Rights Council resolution 8/4’.