The Abidjan Principles, adopted on 13 February 2019 following a three-year long consultative process involving a diverse range of stakeholders and constituents, will see their fifth anniversary marked on 13 February 2024 in an online interactive dialogue.
Since their adoption, the Abidjan Principles have established themselves as an authoritative reference text on the right to education in the succeeding years. They have been recognised by multiple legal institutions and human rights bodies, including the United Nations Human Rights Council 2019, 2021 and 2023, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ General Comment 7, the United Nations Human Rights Council, and by Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education.
The Abidjan Principles have had an immense impact since their adoption, yet given the global context of the massive expansion of private and for-profit education, they will have a significant role in shaping understanding and implementation of the right to free, quality and inclusive public education, and the regulation of private actors.
Join us for a online, participatory webinar on 13 February in which a diverse group of education stakeholders including states, UNESCO representatives, scholars, and civil society organisations are welcoming all interested parties to join this event and reflect on where we are today with regards to realising the right to education.
The event aims to raise awareness of the Abidjan Principles in the context of the increasing trend towards the privatisation of education, and to celebrate the achievements of the last five years. The event is envisioned as a collaborative space, fostering interactive conversations among stakeholders so that we may assess the journey since the inception of the Abidjan Principles and chart a course for the future.
Tuesday, 13 February 2024
Session duration: 1.5 hours
- 14:30-16:00 UTC
- 15:30-17:00 CET
- 17:30-19:00 EAT
- 20:00-21:30 IST
- 9:30-11:00 EST
- 11:30-13:00 GMT-3
English with French and Spanish simultaneous interpretation
HOW TO TAKE PART
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona | Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Joshua Castellino | Minority Rights Group International
Dr. Frank Adamson | California State University
Solomon Derrso | African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Sandy Fredman | Oxford University; Pembroke College
Dr. David Giband | Université de Perpignan
Dr. Priyadarshani Joshi | Global Education Monitoring Report
Mudford Zachariah Mwandenga | African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Javier Palummo | Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Karuna Parajuli | International Commission of Jurists Nepal
Farida Shaheed | UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education
Johnstone Shishanya | East African Centre for Human Rights
Dr. Ann Skelton | University of Pretoria; UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; UNESCO
Dr. Prachi Srivastava | University of Western Ontario