On 20 April 2022, a roundtable on the current landscape for the right to education in Latin America brought together civil society representatives from across the continent, in addition to regional human rights body representatives, and academics.
The session was divided into two parts: a panel discussion on the Abidjan Principles on the right to education and their relevance in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a second discussion on the Inter-American principles on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy and tendencies regarding the right to education in the region.
Furthermore, the event served as a platform to officially introduce the Spanish and Portuguese language versions of the Abidjan Principles on the human rights obligations of States to provide public education and to regulate private involvement in education
The event was co-organised by the Right to Education Initiative, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education (BCRE), the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), and the Office of the Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (REDESCA) from the IACHR.
The full event can be viewed here.
Panel one: the Abidjan Principles and their relevance and use in the region:
- Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona, Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
- Esteban Hoyos Ceballos, Professor of law, EAFIT University Law School, Colombia
- Barbara Zanino Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ)
- Andressa Pellanda, Brazilian Campaign on the Right to Education (BCRE)
- Mercedes Mayol Lassalle, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)
- Laura Giannecchini, LatinAmerican campaign on the right to Education (CLADE)
- Sebastián Araneda, advisor to the cabinet of the Chilean Minister of Education.
Panel on the Inter-American Principles and the trends on the right to education in the region:
- Soledad Garcia Munoz, Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights of the IACHR
- Salvador Herencia Carrasco, Director Human Rights Clinic University of Ottawa
- Mónica Godoy Ferro, University Professor and Consultant in prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse PEAS at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- David Gómez Gamboa, University Professor and Director of Aula Abierta
Find out more about our work on privatisation, the Abidjan Principles and the Inter-American Principles on academic freedom and university autonomy.