12 February 2015
The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education has released the following statement on the growth of private sector provision of basic education and its impact on the right to education: GENEVA (12 February 2015) - “Free, quality basic education is a fundamental human right for all, and governments must not delegate this responsibility to the private sector,” said the United Nations Special... Read more
22 January 2015
On 20 January, 2015, Somalia became the 196th State party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).In a press release, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake welcomed the ratification, stating:“By ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the government of Somalia is making an investment in the well-being of its children, and thus in the future of its society.” The CRC is the... Read more
19 January 2015
On 12th January, 2015, South Africa became the 163rd State Party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).In the statement of Declaration after the ratification, the United Nations expressed its hope that by ratifying the ICESCR, “the Government of the Republic of South Africa will give progressive effect to the right to education, as provided for in Article... Read more
15 January 2015
The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, in a report submitted to the UN General Assembly, has raised concern about the growing presence of marketing and advertising in schools. “Schools should be considered as a distinct cultural space, deserving special protection from commercial influence,” she stressed.In the Report, the Special Rapporteur explains:"... Read more
31 December 2014
In a list of issues released on Friday 5 December 2014, the United Nations Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) formally asked the Ugandan Government to explain the impact of privatisation in education “on the right to education of girls and children living in poverty”.The Committee further requested that Uganda provide information on the measures taken “to ensure access to... Read more
22 December 2014
In the report Privatisation of education and rights violations in Brazil: notes for the Committee on the Rights of the Child , the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education (Brazilian Campaign) and the NGO Ação Educativa expressed their shared concern around the proliferation of privatisation of education in Brazil and its negative impacts on the right to education. The 15 page report cites... Read more
Manifestación por la educación pública, gratuita y de calidad, Viña del Mar, Chile, 2012
4 December 2014
Press Release(Santiago de Chile, Geneva)In a report made public today, the Chilean Forum for the Right to Education (FORO), the Latin-American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE), the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), the Sciences Po law school Clinic, the Privatisation in Education Research Initiative (PERI), as well as other organisations including... Read more
28 November 2014
Marrakech, le 28 Novembre 2014Dans une déclaration commune rendue publique aujourd’hui à Marrakech à l’occasion du Forum mondial des droits de l’Homme, les organisations de la société ont exprimé leur profondes inquiétudes concernant le soutien donné par la Banque Africaine de Développent (BAD), la Commission Economique pour l’Afrique (ECA), la Commission de l’Union Africaine (CUA) et le... Read more
25 November 2014
In the run-up to 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will reach their deadline, several initiatives are underway to formulate a new set of goals and targets for sustainable development.The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG), a UN-appointed task force, has released a proposal for the whole development agenda, including education.Closely aligned with the... Read more
25 November 2014
On 22 November, 2014 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to end early, child and forced marriages.The Resolution urges States to: “enact, enforce and uphold laws and policies aimed at preventing and ending child, early and forced marriage and protecting those at risk, and ensure that marriage is entered into only with the informed, free and full consent of the intending spouse.”According... Read more