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China’s education policy in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is significantly reducing the access of ethnic Tibetans to education in their mother tongue. The government policy, though called “bilingual education,” is in practice leading to the gradual replacement of Tibetan by Chinese as the medium of instruction in primary schools throughout the region, except for classes studying Tibetan as a language. Since the 1960s, Chinese has been the language of instruction in nearly all middle and high schools in the TAR, where just under half of Tibetans in China live, but new educational practices introduced by the government in the TAR are now leading more primary schools and even kindergartens to use Chinese as the teaching language for Tibetan students.

The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 8/4 and 26/17, is devoted to lifelong learning and the right to education. The Special Rapporteur sheds light on the vision and concept of lifelong learning and highlights the emergence of the 'right to learning', intertwined with the right to education and training as a social right. He also examines state responsibility, along with that of other social partners, for its realisation and underlines the key importance placed on lifelong learning in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Special Rapporteur also looks at the special role that devolves upon technical and vocational education and training for skills development and analyses the issues in financing lifelong learning. Finally, the Special Rapporteur offers a set of recommendations with a view to promoting learning as a right and its pursuit from a lifelong learning perspective, in keeping with state obligations as set out in international human rights instruments.

The  report examines Senegal’s mixed record in addressing the problem in the year since a fire ripped through a Quranic boarding school in Dakar housed in a makeshift shack, killing eight boys. After the fire, President Macky Sall pledged to take immediate action to close schools where boys live in unsafe conditions or are exploited by teachers, who force them to beg and inflict severe punishment when the boys fail to return a set quota of money. While important legislation has advanced, authorities have taken little concrete action to end this abuse. The report informs about the regulation of Quranic school and makes recommendations.


A human rights analysis of schools reopening in England on 1 June 2020 after their closure due to the Covid-19. An Advisory Note to Independent SAGE.

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In this report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education looks with concern at the rapid increase in the number of private education providers and the resulting commercialisation of education, and examines the negative effects of this on the norms and principles underlying the legal framework of the right to education as established by international human rights treaties. He highlights the repercussions of privatisation on the principles of social justice and equity and analyses education laws as well as evolving jurisprudence related to privatisation in education. Finally, he offers a set of recommendations on developing effective regulatory frameworks for controlling private providers of education and safeguarding education as a public good.

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The Special Rapporteur examines public-private partnerships in education, which are inextricably linked to rapidly expanding privatisation. He highlights their implications for the right to education and for the principles of social justice and equity. Lastly, he offers a set of recommendations with a view to developing an effective regulatory framework, along with implementation strategies for public-private partnerships in education, in keeping with State obligations for the right to education, as laid down in international human rights conventions, and the need to safeguard education as a public good. 

Este informe se presenta de conformidad con las resoluciones 8/4, 17/3 y 26/17 del Consejo de Derechos Humanos. En él, el Relator Especial sobre el derecho a la educación examina la responsabilidad del Estado frente al crecimiento explosivo de los proveedores de enseñanza privados, desde la perspectiva del derecho a la educación. El relator Especial hace hincapié en la necesidad de mantener la educación como un bien público que no debe verse reducido a empresa comercial con fines de lucro y subraya la importancia de los principios de no discriminación e igualdad de oportunidades, así como la justicia social y la equidad. Los Estados deben desarrollar un marco regulatorio para todo los proveedores de enseñanza privada, que prevea sanciones para las prácticas abusivas. El Relator Especial pone de relieve otras cuestiones fundamentales y concluye su informe con recomendaciones.


The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 8/4 and 17/3. It is devoted to the issue of domestic financing of basic education. It details human rights obligations for financing education and provides practical examples of national legal frameworks that ensure domestic financing. The report also contains an update on the situation of education in emergencies, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/290. The Special Rapporteur underlines that the attention and funding dedicated to education in emergencies continue to be insufficient and inadequate, and calls for more investment in preventive efforts and for a better protection of education during armed conflict. 

La presente publicación contiene los "Principios Rectores sobre las empresas yclos derechos humanos: puesta en práctica del marco de las Naciones Unidas para 'proteger, respetar y remediar'", que fueron elaborados por el Representante Especial del Secretario General para la cuestión de los derechos humanos y las empresas transnacionales y otras empresas. El Representante Especial adjuntó los Principios Rectores a su informe final al Consejo de Derechos Humanos
(A/HRC/17/31), que también incluye una introducción a dichos Principios y un resumen del proceso que llevó a su elaboración. El Consejo de Derechos Humanos hizo suyos los Principios Rectores en su resolución 17/4, de 16 de junio de 2011.