17 June 2016
(Geneva, 16 June 2016) A week after the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed concerns about the UK’s funding of commercial private schools in developing countries, today another UN body challenged the UK on the legality of how it spends its development aid, adding to mounting pressure on the UK to cease its controversial support of private schools abroad.The UN Committee on Economic... Read more
14 June 2016
This volunteer role is a unique opportunity to gain valuable communications work experience in the NGO sector. The Right to Education Project (RTE), housed at ActionAid International in London, is a collaborative initiative between ActionAid International, Amnesty International, the Global Campaign for Education, Save the Children, and Human Rights Watch.RTE promotes mobilisation and ... Read more
10 June 2016
(London, 10 June 2016)In an unprecedented statement on 9 June 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) expressed concern about the UK's “funding of low-fee, private and informal schools run by for-profit business enterprises” through its development aid and warned that it could be contributing to the violation of children’s rights in recipient countries.The CRC... Read more
31 May 2016
Press release by the Organisation of American States, available here and reproduced below. For further information on taking action in response to this crisis, please contact ESCR-Net. Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is going through a severe financial crisis that will have serious consequences on its ability to fulfill its mandate and carry out its basic... Read more
24 May 2016
Press Release, Geneva, 24 May 2016The United Kingdom (UK)’s controversial support for commercial, low-cost private schools in developing countries has been questioned by a UN Committee on children’s rights.(1) The UK Department for International Development’s support for the for-profit primary and pre-primary school chain, Bridge International Academies (BIA) was singled out as a particular... Read more
16 May 2016
On April 28, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled that children living or affected by HIV have the full right to education and cannot be discriminated against. The ruling was based on the country’s constitutional directive of universal access to education for children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old.A couple of months previous, a fundamental rights violation petition was filed for Ms De... Read more
10 May 2016
RESULTS Educational Fund has put out a Call for Applications for Civil Society Organisations to be part of the 2016 round of the Right to Education Index (RTEI).RTEI is a global index designed to monitor national progress towards the realisation of the right to education. Partners gather the information required to construct RTEI and use those findings to hold governments accountable to their... Read more
24 March 2016
On 21 March, 2016, civil society organisations in Kenya issued a press release (available here and reproduced below) on the Concluding Observations on Kenya issued by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). The Government of Kenya was reviewed by the CESCR in February 2016. The CESCR raised concern over insufficient State investment in education, inadequacies... Read more
24 March 2016
The Right to Education Project would like to invite you to attend the official launch of the online Guide to Monitoring the Right to Education Using Indicators followed by an open panel discussion on the importance of monitoring the right to education in the context of the 2030 education agenda.The event will take place from 14:30 – 16:30 on 11 April 2016 in Committee Room 1 at the UCL Institute... Read more
22 March 2016
Press release, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, available here and reproduced below.  GENEVA (22 March 2016) It is completely unacceptable for Liberia to outsource its primary education system to a private company, said the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh. “This is unprecedented at the scale currently being proposed and violates... Read more