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
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
16 November 2018
PRESS RELEASE(Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, Rome, 16 November  2018) In a breakthrough Resolution adopted this week, the European Parliament declared that the European Commission must not use development aid money to fund commercial private schools. The newly-adopted Resolution, which was adopted by over 90% of the votes, considers that it is a requirement under human rights law... Read more
12 November 2018
On 10 October 2018, Venezuela became the 24th state party to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR).The Right to Education Initiative welcomes Venezuela's ratification of OP-ICESCR, along with the recent ratification of Honduras, as an important step in increasing the justiciability of the right to education at the international... Read more
4 October 2018
On the occasion on World Teachers' Day 2018 on 5 October, UNESCO has published a concept note to highlight that the right to education is not just about access to education but also includes quality education, which requires qualified teachers.World Teachers’ Day 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that recognises education as a key fundamental... Read more
26 September 2018
The United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the right to education, Koumbou Boly Barry, submitted a report to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the right to education,  which focuses on the right to education for refugees. The report, available here, will be presented on 19th October at the UNGA and broadcasted via UN Web TV.In this report, the UNSR addresses the importance of... Read more