23 September 2014
An online database containing 195 profiles on the legal status of education in countries around the world has just been launched by UNESCO.The Right to Education Global Database is a unique portal designed to be a practical tool for monitoring, research and advocacy. It already hosts a library of over 1,000 official documents, including constitutions, legislations and policies on education from... Read more
5 September 2014
The South African Human Rights Commission has released a report on an investigation it conducted on scholar transport and found that the Eastern Cape Education and Transport Departments violated pupils' right to basic education by failing to provide them with transport to school. The Commission found that physical accessibility of schools is an integral part of the right to education and the... Read more
25 July 2014
Right to Education Project's key partner, Global Campaign for Education, have released a statement on the recent attacks on schools in Gaza and the impact these attacks have on children. It reads:Israel’s current attack on Gaza has seen nine children killed every day in Gaza. In the period 21-22 July alone, the rate of child deaths has escalated to one child killed per hour.The cumulative... Read more
7 July 2014
Thirteen organizations today, included the Right to Education Project, highlighted the discriminatory impacts of privatizing education on women and girls.  The organizations submitted a brief to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to inform its discussion on girls’ and women’s right to education.  The organizations argue that privatization exacerbates... Read more
Nadege Auguste teaches her daughters at home. Access to education is a huge challenge in Haiti
28 May 2014
Half of primary school aged children cannot access education in Haiti due to a lack of public schools. ActionAid and peasants groups of the Je Nan Je platform, are calling for government action to standardise education policies and uphold the Haitian constitution which should guarantee basic education to every child in the country. The lack of public primary schools in Haiti has given rise to an... Read more
Pupils in their classroom in Cambodia
28 May 2014
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is preparing a General Recommendation on girls and women’s right to education, which is a document produced by the Committee to give guidance on the interpretation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.For this purpose, the Committee is holding a half-day discussion... Read more
9 May 2014
Human Rights Watch has published a report on the exclusion of children from marginalised groups from accessing education in India.In 2009, India enacted the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, which provides for free and compulsory education to all children aged 6 to 14. However, the evidence presented in this report indicates that despite the 3 year deadline to implement the... Read more
Palais de Nations, Geneva
9 May 2014
Uncontrolled privatisation of various essential social services has grown in the last two decades, whether it be prisons, health, water, or land, with devastating impacts for the enjoyment of human rights without discrimination. Education, which had been relatively saved until now, has become in the last years the new area in which investors are rushing into to make profit, with the support of... Read more
Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
14 April 2014
Today, 14 April 2014, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure has entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries: Albania, Bolivia, Gabon, Germany, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Slovakia and Costa Rica.The new Protocol enables children and their representatives to submit complaints to the Committee on... Read more
1 April 2014
In Limpopo, a poor rural province in northern South Africa, there is a ongoing education crisis. Many schools do not have access to key components of the right to basic education, such as toilets, drinking water, desks, paper, chalk and even classrooms, to ensure a conducive learning environment.Two years ago, a case was brought to court for the non-delivery of textbooks in Limpopo's schools.... Read more