31 March 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education has been huge. Unesco estimates that the pandemic has affected nearly 90% of the world's students. That's 1.54 billion learners out of school in 185 countries. But despite the challenges governments face in managing this crisis, human rights law is clear that these learners retain their right to education, and governments are still obliged to... Read more
31 March 2020
On 16 April, the Right to Education Initiative will participate in an online panel The Abidjan Principles on the right to education: A practical tool to address global challenges to the provision of quality education for all to ensure future peaceful societies and life on earth. The panel will take place from 11:30am-1pm Miami time (8:30-10am San Francisco, 5:30-6pm Paris, 6:30-8pm Nairobi/... Read more
24 March 2020
In response to an increased recognition that the private actors involved in the provision of social services have ‘contributed to the low level of enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights’, which have been inadequately regulated by States, the ACHPR passed a resolution to develop norms on States’ obligations to regulate private actors involved in the provision of social services (ACHPR/... Read more
6 March 2020
On International Women’s Day, help us fight for the right to education for the thousands of girls in Kenya who have been forced out of school after experiencing sexual violence, leading to early and unintended pregnancy: - 32% of women aged 18-24 have reported experiencing sexual violence when they were a child- 3 out of 10 of those girls became pregnant- 98% of girls who have ever been pregnant... Read more
5 March 2020
13 organisations alert on the ‘violation of France's obligations vis-à-vis the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights through its investment in Bridge International Academies (BIA)’ in a submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR).‘Faced with evidence demonstrating the negative impact of BIA operations on human rights, France has not taken... Read more
13 February 2020
(Paris, 13 February 2019) As today marks the first anniversary of the adoption of the Abidjan Principles on the right to education organisations around the world are celebrating the significant renewed momentum for the right to education that developed in just a year. Rapid recognition of the Abidjan PrinciplesInternational and regional human rights institutions, including the United Nations... Read more
10 February 2020
The Abidjan Principles have received recognition in the latest report on private debt and human rights by the Independent Expert on the effect of foreign debt, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky.In the report Bohoslavsky explores the link between private debt (which includes individual and household debt) and human rights, and explains that:‘Debt is not per se a human rights problem, even less a violation.... Read more
29 January 2020
This week the Special Rapporteurship on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (REDESCA) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) recognised the Abidjan Principles on the right to education as a ‘valuable specialised source of interpretation’ of State obligations with regard to the right to education within the framework of the Inter-American system.In a new report, ‘... Read more
14 November 2019
(Paris, 14 November 2019) The Paris Peace Forum announced yesterday that the Abidjan Principles on the right to education were selected as one of the ten ‘most promising governance projects’ that will be awarded support to scale-up. The Abidjan Principles were selected among 716 projects from 115 countries that applied in the call for projects.This prestigious selection by the Paris Peace Forum’s... Read more
30 October 2019
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry, will make an official visit to Qatar, between 8 and 16 December 2019. The visit will collect information and hold a series of dialogues with Government authorities, civil society mechanisms and other relevant stakeholders in order to analyze and assess realization of the right to education. The Special... Read more

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