Flyer showing picture of several childrens' hands, with a series of organisational logos at the bottom. Text reads:  Strengthening the legal framework of early childhood care and education: Towards universal access to inclusive and quality
27 October 2022
On the occasion of the presentation at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education's report on early childhood care and education (ECCE), Portugal, Farida Shaheed, UNESCO, the Right to Education Initiative, the University of Oxford, OMEP, CLADE and Human Rights Watch invite you for a 90 minute online event on 2 November 2022, 10am New York... Read more
25 October 2022
The Right to Education Initiative (RTE) along with 68 civil society organisations from all over the world welcome the publication yesterday of the landmark General Comment No. 7 on State obligations in the context of private provision of public services by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  This is a major step forward to consolidate the human rights legal framework regarding... Read more
29 September 2022
On 22 September 2022, on the occasion of the second day of mobilisation against the commodification of education, the Right to Education Initiative and its partners in the Francophone world co-organized a webinar on the theme ‘State of play of the privatisation of education in Francophone Africa, comparative perspective’ which brought together more than 80 participants, from civil society... Read more
Logos of civil society organisations endorsing statement
13 September 2022
On 13 September 2022, the Right to Education Initiative and 37 civil society organisations (CSOs) released a joint statement in response to a working paper entitled ‘Can Education be Standardized? Evidence from Kenya’.In the light of human rights standards on the right to education and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, we and our co-signatories raise serious concerns about the potential... Read more
9 September 2022
Today marks the third UN International Day to Protect Education from Attack. As 2022 advances with attacks on education occurring from DRC to Ukraine, from Cameroon to Syria, the need to galvanise efforts, energy and commitment behind the protection of education in the context of armed conflict is sadly more urgent than ever. According to GCPEA, between 2020 and 2021 more than 9,000 students,... Read more
Front cover of new publication showing image of three women walking on a university campus. Text reads 'Right to higher education: unpacking the international normative framework in light of current trends and challenges'
9 August 2022
The Right to Education Initiative (RTE) and UNESCO have jointly collaborated on a new publication entitled ‘Right to higher education: unpacking the international normative framework in light of current trends and challenges’, which seeks to place human rights at the heart of debates on higher education.Concretely, the report addresses a series of core questions, among them: What are the state... Read more
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28 July 2022
During the Transforming Education Pre-Summit, held in Paris between 28-30 June, RTE participated in a side session entitled ‘Public vs Private Transformative Solutions for Education’. The aim of the meeting was to critically analyse the increasing role of private providers in education, and to discuss different approaches to improve public education to increase inclusion and equity, offering a... Read more
Screenshot of Zoom meeting showing 6 camera thumbnails with woman talking
21 July 2022
Between 21 October 2021 and 30 June 2022, RTE collaborated on a research training course alongside the University of Geneva and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR). The training, focusing on research capacity towards advocacy for the right to education, was held online. It brought together 15 participants representing civil society organisations (CSOs) from... Read more
20 July 2022
Between 28-30 June 2022, UNESCO held the Transforming Education Pre-Summit in Paris. The focus of the Pre-Sumit was to engage discussions and develop a shared vision and suggestion actions ahead of the Transforming Education Summit, which will be held in New York in September 2022. On 29 June, the side event ‘Transforming education: the need to expand the international legal framework’ brought... Read more
Ms Koumbou Boly Barry speaking to the camera
29 June 2022
On 24 June, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Ms Koumbou Boly Barry, presented her new report ‘Impact of Digitalization of education on the right to education’ at the 50th session of the Human Rights Council.The report carefully weighs the impact of digitalisation, emphasising the potential advantages of technology including participation and autonomy in a digital... Read more