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Kenyan citizens, parents and teachers file complaint against the World Bank for its funding to Bridge International Academies

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Washington, DC, 16 April 2018) Following repeated efforts to raise concerns about investments in Bridge International Academies, the Kenyan-based organisation East African Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights) and eight Kenyan citizens have today submitted a complaint to the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) via its Compliance Advisor Ombudsman regarding its […]

April 16, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Kenyan court prevents attempts by Bridge International Academies to muzzle critics

Nairobi, Kenya, 23 February 2018 The High Court of Kenya at Nairobi dismissed on Tuesday the application for an interim injunction against the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and its Secretary General Mr Wilson Sossion which had temporarily barred them from publicly discussing the operations of the largest chain of private schools in Kenya, […]

February 26, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Bridge International Academies must respect the right to education and comply with Ugandan Government order to close its schools

Joint statement – 7 February 2018 (Kampala, Nairobi, Dakar) Following the decision of the Government of Uganda to close Bridge International Academies in in the country, after 18 months of investigation and court battles, civil society organizations call on the US-based company to comply with the Government decision and stop undermining the right to education. […]

February 7, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Synthesis Note regarding States’ human rights obligations in the context of climate change

Dear all,   The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) are releasing a new Synthesis Note regarding States’ human rights obligations in the context of climate change as elaborated by the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in their country-specific recommendations.   The international community […]

January 29, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Event: Geneva Consultation on Human Rights Guiding Principles with regards to Private Involvement in Education

Together with the Missions of Finland, France, and Portugal, NORRAG, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Equal Education Law Centre, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, and the Right to Education Initiative, we would like to invite you to […]

December 20, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Blog: Communications procedure of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  Communications procedure of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A slow but solid start for the international accountability mechanism for economic, social and cultural rights   In June 2017, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) handed down its third decision on the merits under its complaints mechanism, […]

December 12, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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New UK parliament report finds Bridge’s model problematic and raises questions about UK funding

21 November 2017 In a milestone new inquiry report revealed today, members of the UK parliament have raised serious questions about UK Government funding of the American chain of schools Bridge International Academies due to concerns regarding the quality of education, relationship with governments, alleged lack of compliance with governments’ regulations, and high cost of […]

November 21, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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UN Committee Calls on Norway to Revise its Energy Policy, Noting Climate Impacts of Arctic Oil Extraction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2017 Geneva, SWITZERLAND – Today, the UN human rights committee mandated to review states’ respect for and protection of women’s rights (CEDAW Committee*), expressed concerns about the climate impacts of oil and gas extraction in the Arctic and the adverse consequences for women’s rights. The committee noted that, given the […]

November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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The Network for Public Education Releases its Investigative Report

The Network for Public Education has released an investigative report on charter schools, Charters and Consequences: An investigative series.  The report concludes that “unregulated, taxpayer-funded business model of education is a fiscal and educational disaster. Whatever the benefits it offers to the few, the overall negative consequences must be addressed.” The report recognizes that “many families have […]

November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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“Liberia’s Experiment with Privatizing Education”- A Critique of both PSL and the first report of the RCT study

A recent publication by Steven J. Klees brings both the Partnerships Schools of Liberia (PSL) and a report of the first-year results of a Randomized Control Test (RCT) study under scrutiny. The paper critically analyses the findings of the report and concludes with some significant findings. The RCT study found that the PSL is neither cost-effective, sustainable, […]

November 6, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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