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PERI Newsletter September 2015

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Event Series: Private Actors in Education
From the 15th to the21st of October, international Civil Society organisations will gather in London for a series of workshops and events discussing private actors in education and human rights. For more information, please email info@periglobal.org
PERI Newsletter September 2015
 
Upcoming Events
Private Actors in Education and Human Rights: October Series of Events
PERI, along with the Right to Education Project and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, are organising a series of events in London exploring the role of private actors in education in relation to human rights, set to take place 15 to the 21 October. We are delighted to invite all of a key public event taking place this week:
 
Panel Discussion: Setting the Rules of the Game: How can regulations of private actors ensure the right to education in the new global education agenda?
18.00 - 20.00, Monday, 19 October 2015
Venue: Clarke Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Chaired by BBC Education Correspondent Sean Coughlan, panellists will discuss the regulations needed to ensure the responsible engagement of private actors in education in the post-2015 agenda. 
For information about further events and workshops, please enquire at info@periglobal.org.

In the News
Will the growth of private schooling help achieve quality, universal and free education? (Education for All Blog)
A recent post on the Education for All blog asks ‘If education is being provided, how much does it matter if it is not free? If parents want to pay for their children’s education, is that wrong?’

 
Getting Universal Education Right (Project Syndicate)
Professor Steven J. Klees explores how the world can get education right in the post-2015 setting, concluding that '[p]rivatizing a public good...is no answer; fully funding public schools is.'
 
Private schools face up to Rs4m fine for violating law(The News)
Following parental uproar over exponential increases in private school fees in Pakistan, the Punjab government amended its Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance 1984.
 
N6,000 international school opens in Lagos (The Nation)
Kenyan Low-Fee Private School chain Bridge International Academies expands its model to Nigeria.
 
One in four children 'have had private tutors to help them with exams or school work' (ITV News)
In the UK, ‘the number of children having private tutoring has increased by more than a third in the last decade,’ says charity The Sutton Trust.

South Africa Teachers Union Denounces Pearson (Always Earning) (HuffPost Education Blog)
‘In an open letter co-signed by educators from around the world, Mugwena Maluleke, General Secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU)…accused Pearson of "turning its back on free public education for all" in its efforts to "commercialise and privatise education at all levels."’
 
Featured Event
UKFIET 2015: Learning for Sustainable Futures: Making the Connections
From 15 to 17 September 2015, over 550 education experts from across the globe gathered in Oxford at the 13th International Conference on Education and Development, UKFIET. PERI was privileged enough to hold a panel with Young Lives, a longitudinal study of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. The papers presented at this session, along with all of the papers commissioned by PERI and Young Lives, are available here. Presentations from the session are also available online.

PERI was also part of a quickfire session ‘Privatisation and Marketisation of Education – Whose Learning?’ exploring privatisation of education in Latin America, including presentations on the education market in Chile, charter schools in Colombia and low fee private schools in Peru

Recent Publications
The Economist's Articles Supporting Low-Fee Private Schools: Academic and NGO Responses
The Economist in August published two articles purporting the alleged benefits of the low-fee private school model. Both pieces came strongly in favour of private education, calling on governments to either help private schools or “get out of their way.” The articles generated a number of responses from organisations and individuals across the globe, which are now available on the PERI website.
 
Whose Choice? Student Experiences and Outcomes in the New Orleans School Marketplace
A new report from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) looks at the charter school dominated education system in the American city of New Orleans, focusing on the concept of choice. 

Dynamics of Low-Fee Private Schools in Kenya: Governmental Legitimation, School-Community Dependence, and Resource Uncertainty
D. Brent Edwards Jr. (Drexel University), Steven J. Klees (University of Maryland, College Park) and Janet Wildish (Trocaire) explore the problems of the Low-Fee Private School model with specific reference to Mathare Village, Kenya, in this recently released research paper.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Bulletin
The latest edition (August 2015) of the OHCHR ESCR Bulletin, a bi-monthly update on economic, social and cultural rights made specific reference to the Human Rights Council’s response to the growth of private actors in education.

New Resources
Right to Education Project website now available in Spanish and French
PERI partner the Right to Education Project has this month released Spanish and French translations of their resource-rich website.

Podcast: The Challenges of Public-Private Partnerships in Realising the Right to Education Online Workshop
Back in July, the Oxford Human Rights Hub delivered an online workshop exploring the challenges of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in education. A podcast recording of this event is now available online.

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We warmly welcome 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. 

Kindest Wishes,

The PERI Team