11 November 2022
Between 14-16 November, UNESCO will hold the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), hosted by the republic of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, the nation’s capital. RTE’s ECCE Programme Manager, Rajakumari Michaelsamy, and Executive Director, Delphine Dorsi will attend the conference to represent RTE and to engage with academics, civil society organisations, and UN and state... Read more
10 November 2022
A new thematic report, entitled “Building and strengthening the legal framework on ECCE rights: Achievements, challenges and actions for change” has been published in the context of the World Conference on Early Childhood Education and Care 2022 (WCECCE), which will be held in Tashkent between 14-16 November. The report was co authored by Rajakumari Michaelsamy, RTE’s ECCE Programme Manager, and... Read more
Farida Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur, in mid speech at the UN general assembly
2 November 2022
The final report of the outgoing Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Ms Kombou Boly Barry, was presented to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on 18 October by the newly appointed Special Rapporteur, Ms Farida Shaheed. The report highlights the ‘developmental, educational, social, cultural and economic benefits’ of ECCE to children, their families and wider society... Read more
Logos of African Commission and European Union on white background
31 October 2022
On 3 October, the European Union and African Commission sponsored a hybrid online and in person event on ‘Realising the right to education worldwide through digital transformation’. The event focused on the realisation of the right to education, in addition to ensuring access to quality and inclusive education worldwide. A particular focus was an analysis of the opportunities, challenges, and the... Read more
Flyer showing picture of several childrens' hands, with a series of organisational logos at the bottom. Text reads:  Strengthening the legal framework of early childhood care and education: Towards universal access to inclusive and quality
27 October 2022
On the occasion of the presentation at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education's report on early childhood care and education (ECCE), Portugal, Farida Shaheed, UNESCO, the Right to Education Initiative, the University of Oxford, OMEP, CLADE and Human Rights Watch invite you for a 90 minute online event on 2 November 2022, 10am New York... Read more
25 October 2022
The Right to Education Initiative (RTE) along with 68 civil society organisations from all over the world welcome the publication yesterday of the landmark General Comment No. 7 on State obligations in the context of private provision of public services by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  This is a major step forward to consolidate the human rights legal framework regarding... Read more
29 September 2022
On 22 September 2022, on the occasion of the second day of mobilisation against the commodification of education, the Right to Education Initiative and its partners in the Francophone world co-organized a webinar on the theme ‘State of play of the privatisation of education in Francophone Africa, comparative perspective’ which brought together more than 80 participants, from civil society... Read more
Logos of civil society organisations endorsing statement
13 September 2022
On 13 September 2022, the Right to Education Initiative and 37 civil society organisations (CSOs) released a joint statement in response to a working paper entitled ‘Can Education be Standardized? Evidence from Kenya’.In the light of human rights standards on the right to education and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, we and our co-signatories raise serious concerns about the potential... Read more
9 September 2022
Today marks the third UN International Day to Protect Education from Attack. As 2022 advances with attacks on education occurring from DRC to Ukraine, from Cameroon to Syria, the need to galvanise efforts, energy and commitment behind the protection of education in the context of armed conflict is sadly more urgent than ever. According to GCPEA, between 2020 and 2021 more than 9,000 students,... Read more
Front cover of new publication showing image of three women walking on a university campus. Text reads 'Right to higher education: unpacking the international normative framework in light of current trends and challenges'
9 August 2022
The Right to Education Initiative (RTE) and UNESCO have jointly collaborated on a new publication entitled ‘Right to higher education: unpacking the international normative framework in light of current trends and challenges’, which seeks to place human rights at the heart of debates on higher education.Concretely, the report addresses a series of core questions, among them: What are the state... Read more