Corporal punishment, right to education, violence against children, school discipline
23 September 2020
A remarkable 190 organisations, including the Right to Education Initiative, have signed up to a bold Call to Action on domestic financing of education post-Covid. Faced with the threat of major cuts to education spending in developing countries, this call to action offers an alternative path.The Call to Action was organised by ActionAid following a high-level webinar at the end of July. It has... Read more
28 August 2020
RTE, together with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Global Initiative on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), held webinars on 24 and 31 July 2020.The discussions explored The Guiding Principles on the Human Rights Obligations of States to provide public education and to regulate private involvement in education (Abidjan Principles) and their application in the... Read more
10 August 2020
Before covid-19, the educational finance gaps and inequalities in learning opportunities were already visible, and the pandemic has only exacerbated these issues. Since the covid-19 pandemic has led to a global and unprecedented disruption of education at all levels, the United Nations has published a policy brief on education under covid-19 and beyond, highlighting the importance of education in... Read more
29 July 2020
On 17 July, the North Gauteng High Court in South Africa ruled that learners are entitled to receive school meals as part of the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP), which was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The case, which was brought by Equal Education and two Limpopo Schools, represented by Equal Education Law Centre and SECTION27, means that the nine million learners who... Read more
22 July 2020
On the 20th of July, RTE participated in a virtual launch for the 2nd edition of Protecting Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict: an International Law Handbook organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).To mark this publication, they invited experts on the protection of education to discuss some of the key recent legal developments in the area, including... Read more
20 July 2020
[London] 21 July 2020. In eastern Ukraine, education is under attack. Since the armed conflict started in February 2014, more than 750 schools have been damaged or destroyed, dozens of children and teachers have been attacked, and there have been at least 37 cases of military use of schools. All of which has had profound effects on the right to education of the 670,000 children living in the... Read more
17 July 2020
On 15th of July, RTE participated in a webinar organised by UNESCO on ‘Ensuring quality of learning and well-being for young children in the context of COVID-19’ and contributed with a short statement made during the roundtable, highlighting the human rights dimension of early childhood care and education (ECCE). This topic is one of the areas of focus in RTE’s strategy for 2020-2022.Several... Read more
9 July 2020
On 9 July 2020, the Global Coalition for the Protection of Education Under Attack (GCPEA) launched the Education Under Attack 2020 report. The report describes violence and threats of violence against students, teachers, professors, and education personnel, and military use of schools and universities, in 37 countries where GCPEA documented at least 10 reports of attacks on education in the first... Read more
6 July 2020
On 3rd of July, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Dr Koumbou Boly Barry, presented her new report on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the right to education at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. In her report, the Special Rapporteur highlights the range of significant challenges created and amplified by the CODID-19 pandemic and how the Abidjan Principles on... Read more
30 June 2020
On 15 June 2020, the European Roma Rights Center published a press release on a decision of the Versailles Administrative Court of Appeal that enhanced the right to equal access to education, particularly for Romani children. See below the text of their news for further information on the background of the Court’s decision: The Versailles Administrative Court of Appeal in France has ruled that... Read more