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Join the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at CIES 2017

GI-ESCR will be presenting at the two panels below during the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference on March 5-9 in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the impact of private actors and low-fee schooling on the right to education. CIES is a major annual conference on global education issues. Monday 6th March, 5:00 – 6:30 pm ‘Understanding commercial low-fee […]

March 3, 2017 in Right to education by

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Kenyan court upholds the closure of Bridge International Academies over failure to respect standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A judgement delivered yesterday by a Kenyan Court upholds the action taken by Busia County Government to close down ten Bridge International Academies for violating education norms and standards. It marks a turning point and must signal a move towards fulfilling the right to education in Kenya and other countries, say five […]

February 17, 2017 in Right to education by

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New page – Human Rights Guiding Principles on private schools

In response to the need to clarify the existing legal human rights framework as it applies to the role of private actors in education, and in an effort to provide normative guiding principles against which to analyse privatisation in and of education from a human rights perspective, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights […]

January 12, 2017 in Right to education by

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Human rights analysis of new data on Bridge International Academies

The East African Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights, Kenya), the Initiative for Economic and Social Rights (ISER, Uganda), and ourselves at the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) published today a two-page analysis making five points about the human rights impact of Bridge International Academies, the largest education commercial low-cost company in […]

December 7, 2016 in Right to education by

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Launch of the Call of the Francophone civil society against commercialisation of education

In response to civil society’s mobilisation, 57 heads of States make a landmark commitment against commercialisation of education Press release by 58 organisations, 2 December 2016 (Antananarivo, Nairobi, Uganda, Paris, Port-au-Prince, Quebec, Rabat) Whilst last Sunday 57 head of State and Governments of the Francophonie raised concerns regarding the development of commercialisation of education and […]

December 1, 2016 in Right to education by

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Lancement de l’Appel de la société civile francophone contre la marchandisation de l’éducation

En réponse à la mobilisation de la société civile, 57 chefs d’Etat de la Francophonie prennent un engagement sans précédent contre la marchandisation de l’éducation Communiqué de presse conjoint de 58 organisations, 2 Décembre 2016 (Antananarivo, Nairobi, Ouagadougou, Paris, Port-au-Prince, Québec, Rabat) Alors que 57 chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement de la Francophonie se sont […]

December 1, 2016 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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57 chefs d’Etat signent une déclaration sans précédent contre la marchandisation de l’éducation

Les 57 chefs d’Etat et de gouvernements des pays membres de la francophonie ont publié, le 27 novembre 2016, la « Déclaration d’Antananarivo » qui clôture la 16ème Assemblée générale de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), contenant un paragraphe contre la marchandisation de l’éducation et en faveur de l’école publique. Cette déclaration est à ce jour la […]

November 28, 2016 in Right to education by

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[updated 25/01] Court upholds Uganda’s Ministry of Education’s order to close BIA schools

On Friday 4th November, Bridge International Academies’ (BIA) court case in Uganda relating to the closure of Bridge schools was dismissed with costs.  Bridge International Academies had previously secured a temporary court injunction against the Ministry of Education’s order to close their schools until the ruling of the decision.  The Ministry had ordered for the closure […]

November 15, 2016 in Right to education by

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Réaction d’organisations de la société civile concernant la fermeture des écoles Bridge en Ouganda

Le jugement ougandais concernant la fermeture des écoles Bridge International Academies doit signaler un mouvement vers la réalisation du droit à l’éducation en Ouganda et dans d’autres pays  Kampala, Ouganda, 10 novembre 2016 Les 15 organisations signataires de cette déclaration prennent note de la décision prise par le tribunal de grande instance de Kampala le […]

November 11, 2016 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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Reaction from human rights organisations to the closure of Bridge schools in Uganda

Uganda judgement on the closure of Bridge International Academies must signal a move towards fulfilling the right to education in Uganda and other countries FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kampala, Uganda, November 10, 2016 The 15 organisations endorsing this statement take note of the decision taken by the High Court of Uganda sitting in Kampala on Friday […]

November 10, 2016 in Press Releases, Right to education by

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