3 December 2021
On the 7 and 8 December, UNESCO will be holding the International Seminar on the Evolving Right to Education. Held online under the auspices of International Human Rights Day 2021, which marks the 73rd Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the two day seminar will also celebrate the organisation’s year-long campaign to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the UNESCO... Read more
1 December 2021
Over a period of 18 months, UNESCO has been supported by Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, UNESCO's Special Envoy, to facilitate the creation and implementation of a Global Partnership Strategy on Early Childhood (GPS).Born out of the need to counter a negative trend impulsed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen two-thirds of low and middle income countries reduce... Read more
30 November 2021
November was a busy month at UNESCO. The organisation held its 41st General Conference, at which a report on the future of education was launched, in addition to the adoption of the Paris Declaration, and the result of the 10th Consultation on the measures taken by Member States for the implementation of the 1960 Convention against discrimination in education.We have drawn together the most... Read more
30 November 2021
Worldwide, early and unintended pregnancy prevents girls from accessing education - due to social isolation, stigma, poverty, and discriminatory legislation and practice.Though early and unintended pregnancies happen across the world, there is a disproportionate occurrence in low and middle-income nations. Every year, 12 million girls aged 15-19 as well as an estimated minimum of 777,000 girls... Read more
26 November 2021
On 29 October 2021, the 15-member UN Security council adopted a unanimous resolution, hailed as the first of its kind, which condemns attacks against schools, children and teachers and urges conflict parties to immediately safeguard the right to education. Importantly, the resolution makes explicit the links between education, peace and security. Resolution 2601 (2021) recognises the crucial role... Read more
24 November 2021
On Friday 26th November 2021, the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), Right to Education Initiative, and UNESCO will hold a joint seminar on Early Childhood Care and Education.The seminar, entitled ‘What’s happening with ECCE in the world? Latest research and current perspectives’, will feature the presentation of two new UNESCO reports, including ‘Right to pre-primary... Read more
29 October 2021
This month, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Kombou Boly Barry, published a report on the right to education of migrants. The report considers the barriers that migrants face in accessing the right to education and calls upon States to revisit their legislations to ensure migrants have a rightful place in education and development policies.   Presenting her report to the 76th... Read more
29 October 2021
Between October 25-27th, the Fourth International Conference on the Safe Schools Declaration took place in Abuja, Nigeria.The hybrid live and virtual conference was hosted by Nigeria in collaboration with Argentina, Norway, Spain, the African Union Commission, and the Global Coalition for Protecting Education under Attack (GCPEA), and it brought together high-level representatives from... Read more
29 September 2021
Right to Education Initiative, together with members of the Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium (PEHRC) working group, has launched a significant new piece of research on public education, entitled: 'Public education works: lessons from five case-studies in low- and middle- income countries'.The research showcases positive examples of public education in different contexts and... Read more
29 September 2021
UNESCO has launched a global reflection on the Right to Education, in the context of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1960 Convention against Discrimination in Education. Through a range of platforms, UNESCO is gathering insights and reflections on what the right to education should further embrace in order to respond to new and emerging challenges, and their implications for... Read more