15 July 2019
PRESS RELEASE - (Geneva, 15 July 2019) The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted without a vote last Thursday a new resolution on the right to education and in doing so firmly recognised the Abidjan Principles on the right to education. This is the first formal recognition to date by States of this new instrument, the Human Rights Council being made up of 47 States elected by their... Read more
27 June 2019
PRESS RELEASE (Geneva, 27 June 2019) Civil society organisations welcomed the new report by UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Dr Boly Barry, which she presented yesterday and today before the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). The report makes a cutting-edge analysis of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 in accordance with the right to education, and... Read more
13 June 2019
PRESS RELEASE (Kampala, Nairobi, Geneva, 13 June 2019)The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights published yesterday a landmark resolution that addresses the role of private actors in education and health. The resolution on ‘States’ obligation to regulate private actors involved in the provision of health and education services’ reaffirms that African States are ‘the duty bearers for the... Read more
31 May 2019
From 27-29 May, the Third International Safe Schools Conference was held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The conference brought together people from all over the world striving towards ensuring that schools, teachers, and students are protected from attack during conflicts, including representatives from 90 countries and 50 civil society and international organisations, including the Right to... Read more
22 March 2019
The final text of the Abidjan Principles on the human rights obligations of States to provide public education and to regulate private involvement in education was published on Thursday 21st March 2019, with a press conference at The Heron Portico Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. RTE's Director was there with other members of the secretariat and responded to the questions from the audience, including... Read more
Erica Murphy, Right to Education Initiative
11 March 2019
On 6 March, RTE participated in a side-event on the margins of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council on Education in the 2030 agenda - Leaving no one behind: children with disabilities, girls, forcibly displaced children and minorities. The event was organised by the Education Above All Foundation in partnership with the permanent missions of the state of Qatar, Argentina, Belgium, Japan,... Read more
14 February 2019
(13 February 2019, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire) A group of human rights experts from around the world adopted the Abidjan Principles on the right to education today, following three years of consultations, reflection, and drafting. The Abidjan Principles seek to strengthen existing efforts to ensure that everyone’s right to education is protected in the context of growing, and often unregulated... Read more
4 February 2019
(Abidjan, 4 February 2019) On 12-13 of February 2019, education and human rights experts will meet in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the adoption of guiding principles strengthening the right to access free quality public education in the context of growing private actor involvement in education.  This landmark text promises to be the new reference point for governments, educators and education... Read more
24 January 2019
To mark the first ever International Day of Education, the Right to Education Initiative (RTE) in collaboration with UNESCO, have published the Right to education handbook—the most comprehensive resource on the right to education to date—which we hope will provide important practical technical guidance that will help translate the right to education into concrete action.Education is a fundamental... Read more
29 November 2018
Migration and displacement are global issues that present profound challenges to countries in a number of different ways. One such challenge is the impact of migration and displacement, both within countries and across borders, on education, on those who leave, those who stay, and on those national education systems that host migrants and displaced persons. As reported by the Global Education... Read more

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