Jean-Marie le Guen, French Secretary of State for Development and Francophonie
27 March 2017
PRESS RELEASEThe French Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, Jean-Marie le Guen, declared yesterday that ‘France will act against any attempts at commercialisation of education’ in international cooperation. He added that France considers that ‘education is a public service’ and ‘a common good that cannot be profited from’.Mr Le Guen made this declaration during the launch of the... Read more
7 March 2017
Update 3: On March 2 2017 the Supreme Court of the State of Kansas handed down its decision regarding the ‘adequacy’ of education financing in Kansas. The Court found that the state education financing system does not meet the adequacy requirements of the Kansas Constitution. In reaching this decision, the Court noted that the state was failing to provide approximately one-fourth of public school... Read more
Human Rights Building, Council of Europe
24 February 2017
In a judgment (in French) handed down on 10 January 2017, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that Switzerland had not violated the right to freedom of religion under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights by refusing to grant an exemption to two Muslim girls from attending mixed-sex swimming lessons.The case concerned Muslim parents who refused to send their... Read more
17 February 2017
Nairobi, Kenya, 17 February 2017Barely a month after the High Court of Kampala, Uganda, allowed the Ugandan Government to close all schools run by Bridge International Academies (BIA) in the country, the High Court of Kenya in Busia County yesterday announced, in a similar case, that the Busia County Education Board could proceed in closing ten Bridge schools operating in Busia county, for... Read more
30 January 2017
More than seven years after being approved in the Haitian Chamber of Deputies and Senate, the law on school fees was approved by the country’s president, Jocelerme Privert on 3 January 2017 and published in Le Moniteur, the country’s Official Gazette,The law was put before parliament by Senator Kelly Bastien and regulates the payment of fees for school and extracurricular activities as well as... Read more
12 December 2016
Update: the amendment was passed by Brazil's Senate on the 13 December.In a statement issued by the United Nations, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has warned that the Brazil government’s proposal to amend the country’s constitution, thereby freezing pubic spending over the next 20 years, is ‘entirely incompatible with the country’s human rights... Read more
2 December 2016
Press release by 58 organisations, 2 December 2016(Antananarivo, Nairobi, Uganda, Paris, Port-au-Prince, Quebec, Rabat)As 57 heads of State and Governments of the Francophonie raised concerns regarding the development of commercialisation of education and reaffirmed their commitment in favour of public quality education in a landmark common declaration, 302 organisations from 38 countries of the... Read more
28 November 2016
The heads of the 57 member States of the International Organisaton of La Francophonie (OIF) released the Antanarivo Declaration on 27th November, 2016. The Declaration calls for the regulation of private actors in education, in the strongest terms yet expressed by heads of State, as well as for increased support for public schools. It follows significant mobilisation by francophone civil society... Read more
10 November 2016
The 15 organisations endorsing this statement take note of the decision taken by the High Court of Uganda sitting in Kampala on Friday 4th November which confirms that the process followed by the Ugandan Government to decide to close schools run by Bridge International Academies (BIA) was fair and legal. The judgment, which BIA says it will appeal, confirms that Bridge International Academies... Read more
17 October 2016
This volunteer role is a unique opportunity to use your skills and talents doing important work whilst gaining valuable work experience in a major international NGO.The Right to Education Project (RTE), housed at ActionAid International in London, is a collaborative initiative between ActionAid, Amnesty International, the Global Campaign for Education, Save the Children and Human Rights Watch.... Read more