La société civile francophone se mobilise contre la marchandisation de l’éducation dans le monde

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[1] se mobilise contre la marchandisation de l’éducation, le 15 mars 2016, au siège de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

New UK parliamentary report raises serious questions over the UK’s funding of Bridge International Academies

In a milestone inquiry report released today, Members of Parliament have raised serious questions about the UK government’s funding of the American chain of schools, Bridge International Academies (Bridge), due to concerns regarding the 'poor' quality of teaching, relationships with governments, 'alleged lack of compliance with government regulations', and the 'higher cost of fees'.

Learners with disabilities go to court in South Africa for appropriate school transport

The South African Constitution guarantees everyone the right to a basic education, but the Department of Basic Education estimates that 597,000 children with disabilities (out of 829,000) are out of school. Many of these children are not in school because there is, quite simply, no transport that they can use to get to school. 

The mother of a child with a physical disability explains how the absence of transport is experienced:

7 November 2017

Privatización educativa en Uruguay: políticas, actores y posiciones

Privatizacion educativa, Uruguay, politicas, legislacion, actores

A lo largo de las últimas décadas, las políticas pro privatización han cobrado un lugar central en muchos procesos de reforma educativa a escala global (Burch, 2009). El avance de estas políticas se explica parcialmente por el impacto de una serie de factores comunes de carácter externo –incluyendo presiones derivadas de la globalización económica o el rol de organizaciones internacionales con una preferencia por las soluciones de mercado. Sin embargo, en su implementación, estas políticas no responden a un modelo homogéneo en cuanto a sus fines, sentidos, diseños y temporalidades.

Initial reflections on ‘Accountability in education: Meeting our commitments’

The new Global Education Monitoring Report is ground-breaking in placing accountability at the centre of its attention. As the report notes, the concept of accountability was shockingly absent from the framing of the Sustainable Development Goals–making it relatively easy for heads of state to sign up to them, as they could be confident that there were few consequences if they failed to deliver.

24 October 2017

Over 80 francophone organisations to meet in Dakar to discuss the privatisation of education

From 23-26 October 2017, over 80 organisations and state representatives from 24 francophone countries will convene at the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation in Dakar to discuss the commercialisation and privatisation of education, in what will be one of the biggest civil society conferences on the issue.

Menstruation, the right to education and India’s positive obligations

The link between menstruation and the goals of gender justice is a complicated one - whether it is the debate surrounding the controversial first-day-of-period leave introduced by some offices or challenges to the taxation regimes of menstrual hygiene products in two separate petitions before the 

18 September 2017

A human rights-based approach to gender responsive public schools

In recent decades some good progress has been made in improving gender parity in primary education around the world - but superficial gains hide some shocking truths. In low income families in Africa, for every 100 boys only 83 girls complete primary education, only 73 girls complete lower secondary and only 40 girls complete upper secondary.

8 September 2017