24 January 2019
To mark the first ever International Day of Education, the Right to Education Initiative (RTE) in collaboration with UNESCO, have published the Right to education handbook—the most comprehensive resource on the right to education to date—which we hope will provide important practical technical guidance that will help translate the right to education into concrete action.Education is a fundamental... Read more
29 November 2018
Migration and displacement are global issues that present profound challenges to countries in a number of different ways. One such challenge is the impact of migration and displacement, both within countries and across borders, on education, on those who leave, those who stay, and on those national education systems that host migrants and displaced persons. As reported by the Global Education... Read more
16 November 2018
PRESS RELEASE(Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, Rome, 16 November  2018) In a breakthrough Resolution adopted this week, the European Parliament declared that the European Commission must not use development aid money to fund commercial private schools. The newly-adopted Resolution, which was adopted by over 90% of the votes, considers that it is a requirement under human rights law... Read more
12 November 2018
On 10 October 2018, Venezuela became the 24th state party to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR).The Right to Education Initiative welcomes Venezuela's ratification of OP-ICESCR, along with the recent ratification of Honduras, as an important step in increasing the justiciability of the right to education at the international... Read more
4 October 2018
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.World Teachers’ Day 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that recognises education as a key fundamental... Read more
26 September 2018
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.In this report, the UNSR addresses the importance of... Read more
19 September 2018
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:privatisation and human rightsmonitoring and accountability of the right to educationEducation 2030the right to education of migrantsSome examples of our activities include: the development... Read more
10 September 2018
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... Read more
30 August 2018
The Drafting Committee of the human rights Guiding Principles on private actors in education has launched an online public consultation on the draft of the Guiding Principles, open to any interested stakeholder.The draft Guiding Principles are available here, and feedback can be submitted through an online questionnaire available here, or by emailing with feedback in a Word Document  to... Read more
29 July 2018
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’.The resolution, led by Portugal and sponsored by 45 states, highlights several global issues regarding enjoyment of the right to education,... Read more