This High Court case deals with the constitutional obligation of the South African government to promote basic education by securing timely appointment and funding of educators at all public schools.  

In South Africa, SECTION27 has used rights-based strategies, including litigation, to hold the state accountable for not ensuring the procurement and delivery of textbooks to schools across Limpopo, a poor rural area of the country.

This case involves the interpretation of the scope of the constitutional right in South Africa to basic education and in particular whether the provision of school textbooks to all basic education learners for the whole academic year is an essential component of this right.

 

Con el objetivo de facilitar la participación activa de padres, niños y niñas, profesores y profesoras, sindicatos, comunidades y organizaciones locales de la sociedad civil en el seguimiento colectivo y la mejora de la calidad de la educación pública, Promoviendo los Derechos en las Escuelas o PRS  por sus siglas en inglés (Promoting Rights in Schools) ofrece un conjunto de herramientas prácticas que pueden ser utilizadas como base para la movilización, abogacía, incidencia y campañas. El paquete proporciona cuatro recursos claves:
 
1) Una carta estatutaria de 10 derechos que, cuando se hayan cumplido, permitirán a todos los niños y niñas completar una educación de buena calidad;
 
2) Una metodología participativa para aprender a: usar la carta estatutaria; recopilar, analizar y usardatos; y consolidar la información de los “informes ciudadanos” que pueden ser utilizados para el desarrollo de planes de acción o para animar los debates y las revisiones a nivel local, distrital y nacional;
 
3) Una serie de indicadores de educación, basados en los derechos humanos y organizados en un formato de encuesta para que los usuarios puedan recoger información de una manera sistemática;
 
4) Una recopilación de referencias claves internacionales de derechos humanos que proporcionan los fundamentos y la legitimidad de la carta estatutaria y de los informes.
 
PRS Promoviendo los Derechos en las Escuelas se basa en la educación y los marcos de derechos humanos para describir una escuela ideal que ofrezca una educación de calidad. Su metodología es compatible con los vínculos entre el programa de trabajo a nivel de la escuela,  las actividades de promoción y los esfuerzos políticos en foros nacionales e internacionales. El proceso es tan importante como el resultado: es sólo a través de la participación de todos los interesados y las interesadas ​​en el proceso - desde el desarrollo de la carta estatutaria, como la recogida de datos, su posterior análisis y elconsiguiente debate de las conclusiones – como se promueve una mayor conciencia de lo que hay que cambiar y de cómo hacerlo.

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Aimed at actively engaging parents, children, teachers, unions, communities and local civil society organisations in collectively monitoring and improving the quality of public education PRS offers a set of practical tools that can be used as a basis for mobilisation, advocacy and campaigning. The pack provides four key resources:

1) A charter of 10 rights which, when fulfilled, will enable all children to complete a good quality education;

2) A participatory methodology for: using the charter; collecting, analysing and using data; and consolidating information into ‘citizens reports’ that could be used for the development of Action Plans or to encourage discussions and reviews at local, district and national levels;

3) A series of education- and rights-based indicators organised in a survey format to enable users to capture information in a systematic manner;

4) A compilation of key international human rights references providing the foundations and legitimacy of the charter and reports

PRS builds on education and human rights frameworks to describe an ideal school that offers quality education. Its methodology supports links between programme work at the school level and advocacy and policy efforts in national and international forums. The process is as important as the outcome: it is only through engaging all stakeholders in the process - from developing the charter to collecting and analysing the data and debating the findings - that we will promote greater awareness of what needs to change and how.

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This document lists the international instruments that refer to quality education with their relevant provisions.

 

Este documento enumera los instrumentos internacionales que se refieren a la educación de calidad con sus disposiciones pertinentes.

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On 12 June 2014, during the June Session of the Human Rights Council, the Portuguese Mission, together with Privatisation in Education Research Initiative (PERI) and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), convened a side-event on privatisation and its impact on the right to education at Palais des Nations in Geneva. In this podcast, Mireille de Koning, from the Education International explains the impact of privatisation on teachers' working conditions.

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There has been renewed and amplified interest in learning outcomes as a tool for improving quality of education – an issue of central focus in the Post-2015 discussions. There are numerous learning outcomes assessment tools and methodologies.  However, missing from the debates is a human rights perspective. This briefing document, Learning Outcomes Assessments: A Human Rights Perspective, seeks to highlight the key human rights principles that should inform education policies on learning outcomes to ensure that these tools are used to promote quality education that develops the child’s personalities, talents, and abilities to live a full and satisfying life within society.  It also provides recommendations to policy-makers to ensure that education policies on learning outcomes adhere to human rights standards.

 

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