3 July 2024
In June 2024, at the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Farida Shaheed, presented her thematic report on 'Academic Freedom' and urged States and other stakeholders, including public and private educational institutions, to implement the ‘Principles for Implementing the Right to Academic Freedom’, annexed to her report.Her... Read more
13 June 2024
On 29 May 2024, RTE’s director, Delphine Dorsi, participated, as a discussant, in NORRAG online event on The Right to Pre-School Education. The aim of the webinar was to discuss the gap between the importance of pre-school education, as reflected in key political commitments such as SDG 4 and the Tashkent Declaration, and the enjoyment of this right which is far of being a reality, with a... Read more
7 June 2024
The Right to Education Initiative, in partnership with the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN) and Oxford Human Rights Hub, organised an online training focussing on monitoring and reporting early childhood care and education (ECCE) from a human rights perspective in Africa with a focus on how to engage in advocacy with UN treaty bodies. The training was conducted in series for 3 weeks on the... Read more
4 June 2024
Together with the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) and Campaña Latinoamericana por el Derecho a la Educación (CLADE), we have submitted a joint contribution to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education. This submission aims to contribute to her study on the human rights-based use of artificial intelligence in education.The submission, drafted in... Read more
26 April 2024
On April 19, a session entitled ‘The Impact of IFC Investments in Education: The Accountability Gap and Lessons for Other DFIs Organizers’, took place at the World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum Spring Sessions. The panel discussion was led by the East African Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights), and co-sponsored by the Right to Education Initiative, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and... Read more
24 April 2024
In March, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman’s (CAO) published its Compliance Investigation Report into the World Bank International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) investment in Bridge International Academies (BIA). The report makes clear that IFC’s failures in due diligence and supervision resulted in irrevocable harm to students including “acute and long-term damage to [survivors’] physical,... Read more
22 April 2024
RTE has partnered with the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN) and Oxford Human Rights Hub to launch an online training, in English and French,  which will focus attention on monitoring and reporting on ECCE from a human rights perspective in Africa, with particular focus given to how to engage in advocacy with UN Treaty bodies. UN treaty bodies are committees of independent experts that... Read more
27 March 2024
On 13 February 2024, international experts, academics, education stakeholders and representatives of regional and international human rights systems gathered to celebrate five years since the adoption of the Abidjan Principles, a reference text and rapidly recognised authoritative resource on the right to education. More than 100 people joined the online session, which included participation from... Read more
29 February 2024
More than 300 organisations, among them RTE, have sent a joint letter to UN representatives, raising major concerns about access and participation of civil society organisations in UN spaces, following the decision to limit participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms to in-person only. Read the letter below._______The undersigned civil society organisations are writing to express our... Read more
20 February 2024
RTE has partnered with Global Campus of Human Rights to launch a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on Children’s right to education in armed conflict, for which free enrolment is currently open. The context for this course is the worrying increase in attacks on children, young people, and teachers and academics in recent years. According to GCPEA, in 2020 and 2021 more than 9,000 students and... Read more

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