The GI-ESCR discusses the human rights framework on privatisation in education at international conference


The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference is a key international conference discussing educational issues, trends and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and international perspectives. The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is present at the conference through two presentations.


Thursday 12th March, 11.30am: Privatization, economic development and education

11:30am to 1:00pm, Washington Hilton, Lobby Level, Morgan

Sylvain Aubry presented the state of the research the development of international human rights standards related to the role of private actors in education. He outlined the general framework providing for the protection of private education, and laid out the five areas of limitation to the role of private actors as education providers that have been found so far, based on research of international law texts, practice and jurisprudence. For each area, he provided examples of their relevance and applications to concrete country cases, drawing from the research that we are currently conducting in eight countries.

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Thursday 12th March, 4.45pm: Research, participation and change: multi-country experiences of using innovative advocacy on privatisation in education

Thu, March 12, 4:45 to 6:15pm, Washington Hilton, Terrace Level, Gunston East

The GI-ESCR presented, together with our partners from RED, ISER, and PERI, the work we are conducting using human rights tools and mechanisms to examine, mobilize around, and advance the debate on privatization in education, as part of the international project we are running with domestic and international partners: We presented the work for the cases of Uganda, Chile, and Morocco. We discussed how in a few months, we have received broad media coverage for the countries we’re working on, got UN expert committees to publicly raise the negative impact of privatisation in education on human rights in the countries we’re working on, and advance the international debate on norms and standards, while discussing the next steps and challenges ahead. We also discussed how a similar project can be replicated in various forms, and how various stakeholders, including NGOs, academics, journalists, experts and activists can contribute to shape the debate and use those mechanisms.

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