PERI Newsletter May 2015

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Event: 'Human rights policy responses to the growth of private actors in education' 

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the Right to Education project, the Global Campaign for Education, andPERI are pleased to announce an upcoming event on ‘Human rights policy responses to the growth of private actors in education’, to be held on Friday 12th June from 12.45 pm to 2.15 pm at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. The event will feature Mr Kishore Singh, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education; Ms Anjela Taneja, Head of Policy at GCE; Ms Salima Namusobya, Executive Director of ISER-Uganda; Mr Frank Adamson, Senior Policy and Research Analyst at SCOPE; and Mr Angelo Gavrielatos, Project Director for the Global Response to Commercialisation and Privatisation of Education at Education International.

PERI Newsletter May 2015

In the News
Cuomo Promotes Tax Credits for Families of Students at Private Schools (The New York Times)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently proposed ‘a bill to give tax credits to families of students at private schools,’ citing the importance of parental choice but calling into question the cost this would have to funding for the public school system.

Nigeria: Zamfara to Sanction Private School Owners Without Proper Registration (allAfrica)
‘Zamfara State [Nigeria] Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Danjari Kwatarkwashi, has warned that any private school owner operating without proper registration would be sanctioned.’
Finance and development summit should be opportunity for economic justice, not corporate profits (rightingfinance)
‘The FfD process should not provide an opportunity for the corporate sector to strengthen its power over what should be the realm and responsibility of states for profit purposes.’
UK aid watchdog criticises DfID over partnerships with private sector (The Guardian)
‘Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) is failing to capitalise on partnerships with the private sector because of a lack of concrete targets and detailed operational plans with a clear focus on reducing poverty, the UK’s aid watchdog has said.’

Bad marks for Sweden’s muddled teacher training in OECD report on school system (The Conversation)
A dramatic decline in PISA performance has forced Sweden to consider a range of reforms to its education system, which has (since the 1990s) been dominated by ‘one of the most sweeping school-voucher systems in the world.’
'Almost a third of MPs went to private school' (BBC News)
‘Almost a third (32%) of MPs in the new House of Commons went to private school, according to an analysis by an education charity.’
Joint Media Release: Education unions call on the Australian Government to protect public education in trade negotiations (NTEU)
‘The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) are challenging the Australian Government to come clean on its position in the secret TISA negotiations, now at a crucial stage.’
Should we be afraid of profit in education? (British Education Research Association) 
Privatisation expert Stephen J. Ball explains why we should be afraid of profit in education, noting that it now plays ‘a huge role in public education in England.’

The Bridge to Nowhere? (Huffington Post)
‘Education is a basic human right for all, a public good--not a commodity that only those with financial resources can afford’ writes Ed Gragert, Director of the Global Campaign for Education, US.
Upcoming Events
'Human rights policy responses to the growth of private actors in education'
On Friday, 12 June 2015 PERI will join a number of partners in hosting an event with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Mr Kishore Singh. The event will focus on human rights policy responses to privatisation in education and include the launch of the Global Campaign for Education's new flagship report on Low-Fee Private Schools. The event will be hosted by the Geneva Academy and will take place from 12.45 to 2.15 pm.

Recent Submissions 
Over 100 Organisations Around the World Express Deep Concerns About World Bank Support for Privatisation in Education
PERI recently joined over 100 Civil Society Organisations from around the world in a letter expressing concern over World Bank President Jim Kim’s support for Low Fee Private Schools in Kenya.

Education unions line up to oppose free trade agreement
In a display of resistance and solidarity, education unions worldwide are making it clear that public services, including public education, are not commodities to be put to market.
Recent Publications
Low-Fee Private Schools: International Experience and South African Realities
"In a new report, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) combined international insights into low-fee private (independent) schools, and new research examining the latest developments, new and emerging players, and the significance of low-fee schools’ growth in South Africa."

Poverty, Markets and Elementary Education in India
Geetha B. Nambissan explores how private actors are changing the discourse of education in India, arguing that this has serious implications for social justice in the country.
Omega Schools Franchise in Ghana: A case of “low-fee” private education for the poor or for-profiteering?
The Omega Schools chain of private schools in Ghana claims to bring education to the poorest, but instead delivers a high-burden cost for access to low-quality provision.
What Does “Education Privatisation” Mean? Conceptual Discussion and Empirical Review of Latin American Cases
In this report, the authors explore various understandings of privatisation and provide case studies of six countries in the Latin American region in order to illustrate different policy environments. They conclude that in order to fully understand the process of privatisation in education, the specific social and political context of a country must be taken into account.
Accountability and Competition for Charter Schools? Theory versus Reality in Concession Schools in Bogotá, Colombia
Study of Concession Schools in Columbia finds that "both accountability and competition do not work as conceived by charter school proponents."

Profiting from poverty, again: DfID’s support for privatising education and health
"British taxpayers’ money is increasingly being used to pave the way for private companies to access markets in basic services in developing countries" says new report
We are very keen to receive more submissions so if you have something to share please do so through thewebsite 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 


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