7 September 2015
On Friday, 4th September, Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the State's voter-approved charter-school law is unconstitutional. This law allowed 40 charter schools across the State to operate, currently enrolling around 1,200 pupils in the system.The Court determined that the schools cannot receive public funding because the State superintendent has no control over the curriculum or day-to... Read more
17 August 2015
The Supreme Court of Washington has ordered the Washington State Legislature to pay a daily fine of $100 000 for non-compliance with a court order to adopt a plan to meet its constitutional obligation to “make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders” which confers upon the children of Washington the “right to be amply provided with an education”.In the... Read more
30 July 2015
For the first time, 172 learners from the Eastern Cape will be spared their usual two-hour walk to and from school. Following a decision by Judge Plasket of the Grahamstown High Court in a case brought by the Legal Resources Centre on behalf of four schools, the departments of education and transport in the Eastern Cape are providing the learners with scholar transport.Across South Africa,... Read more
UN Human Rights Council
2 July 2015
Press release(Geneva, 2 July 2015) Eight international civil society organisations today welcomed a landmark resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) urging States to regulate and monitor private education providers and recognising the potential “wide-ranging impact of the commercialization of education on the enjoyment of the right to education”.The HRC is the leading global... Read more
1 July 2015
The Oxford Human Rights Hub and the Open Society Foundation will be hosting a participative and interactive online workshop exploring the challenges of public and private partnerships in realising the right to education.The online workshop will take place at 14h00 BST on 29 July 2015. Public-private partnerships are an increasing phenomenon in the field of education. The growing influence of a... Read more
29 June 2015
On 25 June 2015, our partner organisation, the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) issued a statement on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Concluding Observations, which express serious concern regarding the rapid development of private education in Ghana.Read the press release below. For more information on privatisation of education, visit the RTE Project issue... Read more
25 June 2015
As of 24 June 2015, 102 organisations - including the Right to Education Project - endorsed the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights. The Lima Declaration marks the end of the Global Week of Action for #TaxJustice (16-22 June) led by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice to demand that multinationals pay their fair share in tax and contribute to the fulfilment of human rights.The... Read more
24 June 2015
PRESS RELEASE(Geneva, 24 June 2015) Two United Nations (UN) human rights expert bodies have this week issued ground-breaking statements that raise the alarm about the growth and effects of privatisation of education in Ghana, Chile, and Uganda, and made strong recommendations to address them.The expert bodies’ concluding observations depict a gloomy picture of the evolution of the education... Read more
12 June 2015
On 31 May 2015, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) – the committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (the ‘African Charter’) – published its decision in the Talibés children case.The decision was made in response to a communication brought in 2012 against the Government of Senegal... Read more
3 June 2015
UPDATE: As of 16 June 2017, 66 countries have endorsed the Internationa Safe Schools Declaration.On 29 May 2015, 37 countries endorsed the International Safe Schools Declaration at an inter-governmental conference hosted by the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Oslo. The process to adopt the Declaration, which commits countries to protecting schools and universities from military use, was... Read more