ARCHIVE July, 2017

174 organisations call investors to cease support to Bridge International Academies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 174 organisations worldwide call investors to cease support to American chain of schools Bridge International Academies (Nairobi, Kampala, Monrovia, Johannesburg, 1st August 2017) 174 civil society organisations from around the world have today released a statement calling on investors to cease support for Bridge International Academies, a company running over 500 commercial private schools in […]

July 31, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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ESC Rights Update: 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Update 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council 6 June to 23 June 2017   This Update aims to provide a summary of the initiatives regarding economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council (June 2017). This Update provides information about: Right to […]

July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Ministry of Education in Kenya finds Bridge International Academies in breach of education standards

19 July 2017 In a letter from the Ministry of Education in Kenya addressed to Bridge International Academies, it is stated that Bridge operates in breach of national education standards and regulations. Dated 29 June 2017, the letter confirms that the curriculum used by Bridge has not been approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. […]

July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Two new blogs reflect on recent UN General Comment on Business and Human Rights

Recently the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights released their highly anticipated General Comment No.24 on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities. General Comments offer an authoritative interpretation of international human rights law. This document contains two key paragraphs on the privatisation of […]

July 18, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Privatisation in education and human rights consortium co-ordinator

The Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium is seeking a motivated Coordinator to lead in the management of the consortium’s work and support members of the network. This is a great opportunity for an individual with a strong interest and experience in education and/or human rights to join a network of diverse organisations working […]

July 17, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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10 lessons learned from two recent media articles on Bridge International Academies

Several civil society reports have raised major concerns on BIA, including on their quality, the fees charged, their discriminatory impacts and labour conditions. Bridge has rejected the findings of these independent reports. However recent media coverage has raised similar questions. In the past two months two major news articles have been published on Bridge International Academies: ‘No […]

July 14, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Tenants’ right to adequate housing is recognized by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Via ESCR-Net Mohamed Bourmouz, NaouelBellili and their children were evicted from the home they had rented in Madrid, Spain, on 3 October 2013, after their lease contract expired. Spain was then going through a severe economic crisis with high levels of unemployment, which ended up engulfing the Bourmouz-Bellili family. The family situation of vulnerability was […]

July 10, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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UN calls on Pakistan to regulate and assess privatisation of education

5 July 2017 In its Concluding Observations following the review of Pakistan that were released last week, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) expressed detailed concerns and recommendations on the impacts of privatisation of education in the country. The Committee calls on the state to conduct human rights impact assessments of […]

July 5, 2017 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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New publication on the impacts of privatisation on girls’ right to education

With the current realities of global poverty, climate change and increasing inequality presenting a challenging environment for the achievement of sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an opportunity to meet the vision of addressing inequality and poverty.  During the establishment of the SDGs, feminist made efforts to ensure the agenda works in […]

July 3, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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