PERI Newsletter July 2015

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PERI Newsletter July 2015
Featured Event

The Challenges of Public-Private Partnerships in Realising the Right to Education Online Workshop

On 29 July 2015, experts, academics and over 160 participants from across the globe came together to discuss the challenges that states and private actors face in relation to the right to education delivered through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The online workshop organised by the Oxford Human Rights Hubfeatured presentations from UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education Kishore Singh, Jayna Kothari from the Centre for Law and Policy Research (India), Angelo Gavrielatos from Education International (Australia), Tembeka Ngcukaitobi from Advocate Group 621 (South Africa), Conor O’Mahony from University College Cork (Ireland) and Salima Namusobya from the Institute for Economic and Social Rights (Uganda). Questions were fielded from an active and engaged global audience and the group discussed the role of law in PPPs, as well as accountability and enforceability measures. To view a recording of the event, click here.
In the News
Learning Unleashed (The Economist)
'Where governments are failing to provide youngsters with a decent education, the private sector is stepping in'

The $1-a-week school (The Economist)
'Private schools are booming in poor countries. Governments should either help them or get out of their way'

The Pitfalls of Privatised Education (Equal Times)
Chloe Maurel's opinion piece describing the problems associated with the growth of private actors in education.


BASIS, one of America’s top charter school networks, seeks new turf: China (The Washington Post)
Successful American charter school network BASIS looks to expand internationally.

South Africa schools merger collapses, revealing cultural rifts (Reuters)
‘A plan to create a $1.5 billion private school giant in South Africa collapsed on Wednesday after parents threatened to pull pupils out of elite academies if they were bought by a company accused of having segregated children by race.’

Bridge International Academies: Scripted schooling for $6 a month is an audacious answer to educating the poorest children across Africa and Asia (The Independent)
‘A system in which every step of the learning process is remotely dictated could help make schooling affordable for some of the world’s poorest children’

State pledges partnership with private schools (Zambia Daily Mail)
‘The Zambian government has pledged to continue partnering with private schools that prioritise practical subjects such as biology, science, mathematics and computer studies.’
Fee collection a new challenge for private school managements (The Hindu)
‘With transfer certificates by school managements no longer mandatory for admission into another school, parents of children are changing schools to evade fees.’
Privatisation negatively affects the right to education: UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Education (Times of India)
A report released in June 2015 saw UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education Mr Kishore Singh highlight the negative consequences of privatisation on the Right to Education.
The elephant in the classroom: the World Bank and private education providers (Bretton Woods Project)
When exploring education funding, '[t]he "elephant in the room" that is being ignored remains the role of the private sector, given the World Bank and UN’s increasingly different visions of how the education goal should be met.’

Primary school pupil takes 9 hours of tutorial classes a day (ejinsight)
‘Eighty percent of Primary 6 pupils in Hong Kong take between eight and 16 hours of tutorial classes outside school each week, Headline Daily reported Monday, citing results from a recent survey.’
Recent Publications
The Default Privatization of Peruvian Education and the Rise of Low-fee Private Schools: Better or Worse Opportunities for the Poor?
The process of 'privatization by default' has been prolific in the Peruvian education system; this PERI Working Paper by Maria Balarin, Associate Researcher, Group for the Analysis of Developement (GRADE) explores some of the factors, risks and consequences associated with the process.
What lies beneath? A critical assessment of PPPs and their impact on sustainable development (Eurodad)
This report by Maria Romero ‘critically assesses whether PPPs deliver on the promises of their proponents and gives concrete recommendations for policymakers.’

Pearson and PALF: The Mutating Giant (Education International)
'In their latest work, researchers Carolina Junemann and Stephen J. Ball present a compelling read for anyone concerned about the right of every child to a free quality public education. They reveal that there is an ever-growing concern associated with the continual rise of the commercialisation and privatisation in and of education driven by large global EDU-businesses, the operations of which are being allowed, facilitated and at times promoted by governments.'
Recent Submissions
Press Release: Landmark UN resolution urges States to monitor and regulate private education providers
In a statement released on 2 July, eight international CSOs expressed support of a UN resolution that included a push for states to regulate private providers in education.

New Resources
Observatory of Education in Chile Website
The Observatory, a project of Fundación Red de Estudios para la profundización Democrática, provides an up to date analysis of the Chilean educational system and the current reform process, view the accompanying infographics, articles and interviews, and follow the development of the organisations various research and advocacy projects. Available inEnglish and Spanish.

Special Events
July saw both the Oslo Education for Development Summit and the Addis Ababa Financing for Development (FFD3) Conference take place. For a take on what issues these events raised for financing education, see Julia Gillard’s comments to Devex here.


We are very keen to receive more submissions so if you have something to share please do so through the website or email us. We would also encourage you to review the content that we have received and leave comments on the website. 

Warmest Wishes,

The PERI Team