New Resources: Using human rights tools to tackle the negative effects of privatization in education on the right to education

This set of three documents (published in both English and French) provides a step by step guide for civil society organisations looking to utilize UN human rights mechanisms to address privatization in their countries.

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For the past 18 months, a number of international, national and local organisations have been working together to research and assess the effects of the growth of private education from a human rights perspective in 8 countries. This work, led by the Global Initiative on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) in Partnership with the Privatisation in Education Research Initiative (PERI) and the Right to Education Project (RTE), has produced an effective methodology that civil society can use to tackle privatization in their countries.

This work has been conducted in Morocco, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, Chile and Nepal. In the UK, organisations have examined the impact of development aid to support to private education in developing countries.

This strategy has been very successful in producing statements and recommendations from key UN rights bodies. The work has also contributed to reports by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education to the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council on the impact of private actors on the right to education. Advocacy at the international level has fueled national advocacy and dialogue with governments, private actors and other stakeholders on this issue.

There is a unique opportunity for civil society to tackle complex issues of privatisation in education by using this framework. The methodology can easily be replicated by your organization, even if you have no experience using human rights mechanisms. The three short documents below explain this work in more detail and how your organisation can get involved. The documents are designed as an introduction. More resources and information for working on private actors and the right to education can be found here: http://bit.ly/PrivatisationMethodo

If you would like to get involved or learn more about this work, please contact Sylvain Aubry, Research and Advocacy Advisor at the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: sylvain@globalinitiative-escr.org

Case Studies on: Parallel Reporting to Tackle Privatisation in Education (in French)

Private actors in Education & Human Rights: a practical methodology to tackle the negative effects of  privatisation in education on the right to education (in French)

How to Use Human Rights Mechanisms (in French)

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