The GI-ESCR is currently conducting with its partners multi-country research and advocacy on the impact of privatisation in education on the right to education in 11 countries. The research critically examines the global development of privatisation in the light of human rights standards. This pages reviews the work done at country level. For more information about other areas of our work on privatisation, see http://bit.ly/educprivat. We also have a specific page for the work on Morocco http://bit.ly/privatMaroc, and in French: http://bit.ly/privfr.
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- A summary of the outcomes of the work: The GI-ESCR has published a synthesis paper summing up the statements of UN human rights expert bodies on the role of private actors in education and human rights: http://bit.ly/synthesisprivatisationV6
Context and history of the research
The GI-ESCR in partnership with partners undertook a research and advocacy project on the topic of privatisation in education and its impact on the right to education in Morocco. The project involved field research and preparation and presentation of Parallel NGO Reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) for its review of Morocco in September 2014.
Following the advocacy conducted with the CRC and with other right to education experts engaged in human rights procedures in Geneva in the context of this work on Morocco, there has been a growing awareness and interest in the topic. In particular, the secretariat and members of UN human rights treaty bodies are showing increasing interest in knowing more about the links between privatisation in education and the right to education. In the meantime, organisations such as the Global Campaign for Education, the Privatisation in Education Research Initiative, and regional and national education coalitions have been conducting research and advocacy projects on privatisation, creating a solid body of research and advocacy material.
Building on this, the GI-ESCR has engaged in conducting advocacy on privatisation in education and human rights. From 11th to 14th June 2014, the GI-ESCR organised with partners a workshop to plan future advocacy on privatisation using the human rights framework. As part of this event, the GI-ESCR also organised a side-event at the Human Rights Council on 12th June 2014 (see also the Right to Education’s summary).
The current work
Following this event, the GI-ESCR has started working with a number of partners since August 2014 on a multi-country research and advocacy project,. This project builds on the work conducted in Morocco so as to reproduce it in additional countries. The project is coordinated by PERI, and is run in collaboration with the Right to Education Project, and a number of national partners. It involves to produce research, UN parallel reports, and advocacy, in the following 11 countries, which cover a range of issues and geographical locations:
- Brazil, with the Brazilian Campaign on the right to education
- Ghana, with the Ghana National Campaign Coalition
- Kenya, with Hakijamii and the East African Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights)
- Nepal, with the Sciences Po Human Rights Clinic, ASPBAE, and local partners
- Chile, with the Sciences Po Human Rights Clinic, with CLADE, RED, and the national education coalition
- Uganda, with the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) and the Forum for Education NGOs in Uganda (FENU)
- Haiti, with CLADE, the Sciences Po Human Rights Clinic, and local partners
- United Kingdom, with the Right to Education Project and local partners
- Pakistan, with the Pakistan Coalition for Education
- Philippines, with E-Net and ASPBAE
In each country, we produce with our partners parallel reports to relevant UN or regional human rights bodies. The aim is double: 1/ to do research, mobilisation and advocacy to raise awareness about the impact of privatisation in education at the national level, and 2/ to develop a set of standards and jurisprudence at the international level to clarify States’ obligations with regards to privatisation in education. The Right to Education Project will work in particular on developing international standards, and produce a methodology to support organisations to conduct research and advocacy on privatisation in education, based on the experience accumulated during the project.
We also work closely with a number of other partners, including the Global Campaign for Education, Education International, regional education coalitions, and various other partners working on the impact in terms of social justice of privatisation in education. Another key aim of the project is to build a dynamic network of organisation working on the privatisation, and it is open to everyone. If you’re interested and you’d like to join the group of organisations, or if you’d like to have more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See also more information about other areas of our work on privatisation: http://bit.ly/educprivat.
- 12/08/2016 Uganda to close the largest chain of commercial private schools over non-respect of basic education standards
- 16/06/2016 UK fails to give a clear response to yet another UN body challenging its support to commercial schools
- 12/06/2016 Invitation à signer l’Appel de la société civile francophone contre la marchandisation de l’éducation
- 10/06/2016 The UN says UK development aid to commercial private schools could violate children’s rights
- 10/06/2016 Selon l’ONU, l’aide au développement du RoyaumeUni qui va à des écoles privées à but lucratif pourrait constituer une violation des droits des enfants
- 04/06/2016 Nepalese government announces reducing budget and promoting vouchers in education – forgetting about human rights?
- 24/05/2016 UK could be harming children’s rights abroad – and the government fails to comment
- 31/03/2016 Event – For-Profit, Fee Charging private schools: meeting the World Bank’s goals?
- 12/03/2016 La société civile francophone se mobilise contre la marchandisation de l’éducation dans le monde
- 02/03/2016 After the UN, the African Commission cautions against privatisation in education in Uganda
- 09/02/2016 The United Nation raises alarm about the lack of regulation and donor support in education in Kenya
- 20/11/2015 Two expert human rights bodies worried about the commercialization of education in Kenya
- 15/10/2015 Organisations across the world say British aid to private schools could violate human rights abroad
- 02/09/2015 Event – Setting the Rules of the Game: how can regulations of private actors ensure the right to education post-2015?
- 27/05/2015 Human Rights Council Side-Event: ‘Human rights policy responses to the growth of private actors in education”
- 25/06/2015 UN Human Rights Body Says Ghana’s Education System Faces Serious Challenges Due to Rapid Development of Private Education
- 24/06/2015 UN human rights experts make ground-breaking statements on privatisation of education in Ghana, Chile and Uganda
- 24/06/2015 UN Committee urges Uganda Government to assume primary responsibility for the provision of quality education for all children instead of privatizing schools
- 27/05/2015 Human Rights Council Side-Event: ‘Human rights policy responses to the growth of private actors in education”
- 22/05/2015 UN human rights body denounces the commercialisation of education in Ghana
- 14/05/2015 Dozens of organisations express deep concerns – World Bank support to privatisation in education
- 14/04/2015 L’ONU s’inquiète de la « privatisation » de l’enseignement au Maroc
- 24/03/2015 UN Committee requests that Chile explain when it will end segregation in education and abandon voucher system
- 10/03/2015 The GI-ESCR discusses the human rights framework on privatisation in education at international conference
- 19/02/2015 International conference on privatisation in education with UN Special Rapporteur – Paris 18th March
- 22/12/2014 UN Committee raises issues on the impact of privatization in education on the realization of the right to education in Uganda
- 04/12/2014 The most segregated education system in the world: new report challenges the consequences of privatisation of education in Chile with the UN, and in Spanish
- 28/11/2014 Civil Society condemns the African Development Bank and other int’l orgs’ support to privatisation in education
- 17/11/2014 Another UN human rights committee expresses concerns about privatisation in education in Ghana
- 23/10/2014 The UN asks Ghana to explain itself on privatisation in education
- 15/07/2014 Privatisation in Education: Advocacy and Research Workshop and Public Events Reports
- 07/07/2014 Report Highlights how Privatization of Education Negatively Impacts Girls in Many Parts of the World
- 05/05/2014 Save the date: Human Rights Council side-event on privatisation and the right to education, 12th June 2014
- 04/03/2014 Moroccan civil society mobilizes following the UN questions on private education and discrimination in Morocco
- 04/02/2014 The UN questions private education in Morocco
- 31//01/2014: Privatization of education in Morocco breaches human rights: new report
Summary factsheets on privatisation and human rights by country
- Chile: English http://globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Chile.pdf and Spanish http://globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ESP_Summary_CESCR-Chile-privatisation-in-education.pdf
- Ghana: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1812
Overview of the work at country level
For the work on Morocco, see the dedicated page: http://bit.ly/privatMaroc.
March 2015: The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural rights, the Sciences Po Paris Human Rights Clinic, and the Right to Education Project organised a public conference in Paris on 18th March 2015 on privatisation in education (in French). More information here: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1842.
Key documents and outputs
- Presentation of the status on what international human rights law can tell us on privatisation and the right to education: http://fr.slideshare.net/sylvainaubry/presentation-paf-cies-110315-public
- PowerPoint presentation of the project http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1420
- Presentation on UN human rights mechanisms http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1424
- Information about the events on privatisation in education held in Geneva in June 2014 can be found on the website of the Right to Education Project and of PERI: http://www.right-to-education.org/blog/civil-society-organisations-discussed-privatisation-and-right-education-during-human-rights and http://www.periglobal.org/role-state/infographic/privatisation-education-%0Bglobal-trends-multiple-manifestations-and-common-con
- Synthesis paper summing up the statements of UN human rights expert bodies on the role of private actors in education and human rights: http://bit.ly/1QPZmlz
- Report on the impact of privatisation in education on girls’ rights, for CEDAW http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1384 and the oral statement to present the report http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1385
- Joint CSO statement on the African Development Bank and others’ call to privatise education in Africa:in English and French
- Preliminary report on Ghana to the CRC: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1425
- Parallel report on Ghana to the CEDAW: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1634
- Parallel report on Brazil to the CRC: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1804
- Parallel report on Chile to the CESCR in English http://globalinitiative-escr.org/?p=1671 and Spanish http://globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Informe_Privatizacion_Educacion_Chile.pdf
- Parallel report on Chile to the CRC: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/08.12.14-Chilereport-CRC-GI-ESCR-privatisationineducation.pdf
- Parallel report on Uganda to the CESCR: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2014-10-10_ISERGIESCR-Uganda_CESCR.pdf
- Parallel report on Uganda to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2014-10-08_Uganda_African_Commission_privatisation-in-education.pdf