Vision & Mission

Our vision is a world in which human rights in, to and through education are realised - A world in which all people are empowered to know and claim their rights affecting education and where those with responsibility are held to account for the realisation of those rights.

We promote mobilisation and accountability on the right to education and build bridges between the disciplines of human rights, education and development. 

We generate and share research and implementation tools to empower education actors to advocate for the right to education. We also facilitate capacities development on the right to education.

A Collaborative Initiative

The Right to Education Project (RTE) was established in 2000 by the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Katarina Tomaševski, and re-launched in 2008 as a collaborative initiative, which is supported by ActionAid International, Amnesty International, Global Campaign for Education, Save the Children and Human Rights Watch.

These partner organisations make up RTE’s Steering Committee, which serves as a governance body. The Steering Committee provides co-ownership and co-branding of the RTE website as well as advice on the strategic direction of RTE, including strategic and operational planning. 

The Right to Education Project (RTE) works collaboratively with a wide range of education actors and partners with civil society at the national, regional and international level on specific projects. Our primary activities include conducting research, sharing information, developing policy and monitoring tools, promoting online discussion, and building capacities on the right to education.

Our work is grounded in international human rights law, to ensure its implementation at the national and local level. We promote a human rights based approach to the processes and the outcomes of education interventions. 

For the period 2012 - 2014, we have three strategic goals and three priority areas.

Strategic Goals

  • Building bridges by sharing information on the right to education
  • Generating tools and analysis to advance the right to education knowledge and practice
  • Developing capacities on the right to education

Priority Areas

  • Human rights monitoring through right to education indicators
  • Privatisation of education
  • MDG / EFA & Post-2015

Current Projects

  • Developing an online interactive monitoring guide, using RTE’s rights-based indicators
  • Providing technical support and capacity building to ActionAid’s Promoting Rights in Schools local school monitoring framework
  • Conducting human rights analysis of research commissioned by the Privatisation in Education Research Initiative (PERI) on the impacts of education privatisation
  • Developing a toolkit on privatisation and the right to education aimed at civil society in conjunction with GCE and national education coalitions
  • Establishing an online community of practice on a rights based approach to education through an online discussion forum and blog
  • Participating in civil society networks and coalitions aimed at influencing the Post-2015 agenda
  • Delivering an online course on the right to education in partnership with Human Rights Education Associates
  • Providing trainings, lectures and presentations on the right to education and RTE’s priority areas on an ad hoc basis

For more information, see our Strategic Plan 2012 – 2014 and our Annual Report 2012

Delphine Dorsi – Executive Coordinator

Delphine joined the Right to Education Project in 2012 as Legal and Communication Officer. Since 2014, she has been responsible for the coordination of the project. Delphine previously worked at UNESCO for the Right to Education Programme, providing her with a comprehensive understanding and unique perspective on the right to education. She has also worked with a number of NGOs in Europe and Africa, including: Amnesty International, Save the Children and Defence for Children International. She holds a Master's in Human Rights from the University of Strasbourg.

Maria Ron-Balsera – Research and Advocacy Coordinator

Dr. Maria Ron-Balsera has a PhD in Education from Bielefeld University, where she was awarded the Marie Curie fellowship. At Bielefeld she worked as Education as Welfare Early Stage Researcher and conducted research in collaboration with the Institute of Education.

Maria holds an LL.M in Human Rights from Carlos III de Madrid University and an MSC Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. She also spent a year researching at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where she was awarded the Berkeley-Tulane Fellowship to work for Human Rights Watch at the Great Lakes, African Division. 

Maria has experience in policy research and analysis having worked as a Consultant for the Right to Education Project, the Global Campaign for Education and the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education. Maria has previously worked as a Project Officer for the Right to Education Project, as a Research Fellow for Human Rights Watch and as a secondary school teacher in London. 

Erica Murphy – Right to Education Project Officer

Erica has been Right to Education Project Officer since June 2015. She has been with the Right to Education Project since March 2013, first as a Legal Research Intern and then as a Consultant. Previously she worked with a number of human rights organisations, including as Communications Officer at the Global Campaign for Education and a Researcher at the Institute for Human Rights. Prior to this she spent three years teaching in Japan. The current focus of her work is right to education indicators. She holds a Master’s in Human Rights from University College London.

Viv Griffiths – Communciations Volunteer

Viv has been a volunteer with the Right to Education Project since July 2016.  She is a freelance translator from French and Spanish and holds a Masters in Translation Theory and Practice from UCL as well as undergraduate degrees in French Studies and International Business.  Viv has a broad range of professional experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors including several years working with Comic Relief and St Mungo’s.  Her freelance translation work focuses on the International Development sector.

RTE benefits from high-level expertise from a Network of Advisers. Serving in an individual capacity, Advisers provide specialist advice or feedback on specific areas of RTE’s work.

RTE’s Advisers are:

  • Iain Byrne (Acting Head of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Team at Amnesty International)
  • Fons Coomans (Professor at Maastricht University, Faculty of Law and Chairholder of UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Peace)
  • Christian Courtis (Human Rights Officer at OHCHR in Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section)
  • Camilla Croso (General Coordinator of the Latin-American Campaign for the Right to Education and President of the Global Campaign for Education)
  • David Edwards (Deputy Secretary General of Education International)
  • Frank Elbers (Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates)
  • Peter Hyll-Larsen (Independent Consultant on education rights in emergencies)
  • Steven Klees (Professor at University of Maryland, Director of International Education Policy Program)
  • Keith Lewin (Professor in International Education and Development at University of Sussex)
  • Angela Melchiorre (Independent Human Rights Consultant)
  • Kate Moriarty (Independant Consultant on education, human rights and international development)
  • Albert Motivans (Head of Education Statistics at UNESCO Institute for Statistics)
  • Aoife Nolan (Professor of International Human Rights Law at University of Nottingham)
  • Rene Raya (Lead Policy Analyst at The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education)
  • Ignacio Saiz (Executive Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Rights)
  • Refat Sabbah (Director of the Teacher Creativity Centre in Palestine and Chair of the Arab Coalition for Education for All)
  • Sheldon Shaeffer (Retired, former Chief of Education at UNICEF, New York, and Director of UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education)
  • Salim Vally (Senior Researcher at University of Johannesburg in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation)
  • Toni Verger (Professor at Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • Duncan Wilson (Project Director, Public Health Program, Open Society Foundation)

The Right to Education Project works with volunteers, interns, consultants. All opportunities will be posted here.

We are currently seeking a Research Volunteer. Details can be found here.

The Right to Education Project has been able to fulfil its mission thanks to the financial support received from ActionAid International, the Open Society Foundations, Marple Charitable Trust, the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Banyan Tree Foundation, Amnesty International, UNESCO and an anonymous donor-advised fund.

We always need more support in order to fulfil our mission. Please, get in touch with us if you are interested in supporting our work.



Right to Education Project 

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33-39 Bowling Green Lane

London, EC1R 0BJ

United Kingdom

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