30 October 2019
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry, will make an official visit to Qatar, between 8 and 16 December 2019. The visit will collect information and hold a series of dialogues with Government authorities, civil society mechanisms and other relevant stakeholders in order to analyze and assess realization of the right to education. The Special... Read more
29 October 2019
UN human rights experts have expressed their grave concerns about bullying, harassment and exclusion of LGBT people at schools, universities and other educational institutions, and called on States to prohibit and prevent such actions and to punish offenders."It is deeply disturbing that young people are being subjected to vicious online attacks and hate crimes - often by peers from their own... Read more
29 October 2019
Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) successfully petitioned the High Court seeking declarations to the effect that the government policy on public financing of secondary education in Uganda infringes on the rights to; equality and non-discrimination; and quality education as guaranteed under Articles 21; and 30 and 34(2) of the Constitution respectively.The court directed that the... Read more
16 October 2019
Today, the Right to Education Initiative, together with 173 civil society organizations, national education coalitions and unions, based in 63 different countries signed an open letter to the World Bank in support of development aid going to free, quality public education!Open letter to the World Bank and its donorsWe, the undersigned, urge you to ensure that development aid for education is used... Read more
1 October 2019
In her new report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Dr Boly Barry, considers ways in which the right to education contributes to the prevention of atrocity crimes and mass or grave human rights violations.Stressing that education has a key role to play at all stages of prevention, the Special Rapporteur underlines the particularly forceful preventive... Read more
6 August 2019
Fields: global education, human rights, international development, social justiceLocation: Flexible, preference for hosting in a consortium member office, including possibly: Brussels, Copenhagen, Dakar, Geneva, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, and Paris.About the organisation: The Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium (PEHRC) is a global network of over 60 national, regional and... Read more
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