30 August 2018

The Drafting Committee of the human rights Guiding Principles on private actors in education has launched an online public consultation on the draft of the Guiding Principles, open to any interested stakeholder.

The draft Guiding Principles are available here, and feedback can be submitted through an online questionnaire available here, or by emailing with feedback in a Word Document  to educationguidingprinciples@gmail.com. The consultation is open until 30th September 2018. The responses will be processed and reviewed at a meeting of the Drafting Committee planned on 16 and 17th October 2018.

Please note that the current draft of Guiding Principles is not final and cannot in any way prejudge the final document or the views of the members of  the Drafting Committee. Please do not alter, use, or make reference to this draft. Let the Drafting Committee know if you have any question or if you wish to share this draft further.


Since 2015, Amnesty international, the Equal Education Law Centre, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, and the Right to Education Initiative have acted as a Secretariat to support the development by human rights experts of Guiding Principles that compile existing customary and conventional human rights law as it relates to the involvement of private actors in education. The intention is for the text to be the normative reference point and policy tool on the issue of private involvement in education.

The Guiding Principles will be adopted by a group of recognised independent experts from around the world at an adoption conference to be held in February 2019. The Drafting Committee will lead on preparing a draft that will be reviewed at the adoption conference.

As part of a broad consultative process, various regional and thematic consultations have been convened over the course of 2016, 2017 and 2018. Input has been collected from a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society organisations, State representatives, human rights organisations, academics, international and regional organisations, experts in the fields of education and law, and other actors, and is used to inform the work of the group of experts.

Find more information on the Guiding Principles on the FAQs page.