18 March 2015
On 18 March 2015, France became the 20th State party to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.The Right to Education Project welcomes France's ratification to the Optional Protocol, along with the recent ratifications of Italy and Luxembourg, as an important step in increasing the justiciability of the right to education at the international... Read more
26 February 2015
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Sciences Po Paris Human Rights Clinic, and the Right to Education Project are convening a public conference on privatisation in education, in Paris on 18th March 2015 (to be conducted in French).There will be a lecture from Dr Kishore Singh, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, who in his most recent report ... Read more
18 February 2015
The Right to Education Project is seeking a Research & Advocacy CoordinatorLocation: Central London2 years Fixed Term Contract, Part time for 17.5 hours per weekSalary: For London base – Salary - £19,549 per annum for 2.5 days per week (equivalent to c£39,000 full time)Local Terms and Conditions of the base location will applyUse your extensive experience of working in multi-country agency on... Read more
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