Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Toronto, 2014, 10-14 March

CIES 2014 saw the largest PERI participation to date with three PERI panels and a book launch taking place throughout the week

Mon, 10/03/2014 (All day)
Toronto, Canada

CIES 2014 saw the largest PERI participation to date with three PERI panels and a book launch taking place throughout the week.

The first PERI panel “Privatization and Public Education in Post-Soviet States” sought to address the limited understanding of how education marketization and privatization processes unfold in the diverse country contexts of Southeast/Central Europe and Eurasia. A group of eight presenters from Lehigh University delivered informative case studies addressing the following questions: who are the main actors supporting or opposing the commercialization of education in the region; how does the context of educational privatization affect educators’ professionalism and what role does youth play in the process of either promoting or opposing privatization of education in these countries.

The second PERI panel “What Form of Education is Being Revisioned and for Whom: Privatization, Social Justice and the Post-2015 Goals” explored questions surrounding education privatization and the post-2015 goals. The session was overwhelmingly attended and provided for an engaging debate and discussion on the social justice implications of privatization within a variety of geographical contexts. It highlighted that increased privatization is not the answer to addressing ongoing issues of quality and equity within education systems globally and underscored the need to ensure a “free” rather than “affordable” education goal in the post-2015 framework.

The third PERI panel “Costs and benefits of privatisation in education: Evidence from Africa, Latin America, and South Asia” presented new empirical research from five PERI projects exploring the societal impacts of privatisation across differing geographical and political contexts.  

Several presenters from the three panels have made their presentations available online:

Youth Protests Against Privatization of Public Education in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia by Victoria Brezhenyuk, Nikolai Artemev, Marina Kudasova, Olga Mun, and Iveta Silova, Lehigh University

Parental Choices in the Educational Market in Tajikistan by Christopher Whitsel, Nazarbayev University

Reworking of School Principals’ Roles in the Context of Public Education Privatization: A View from Ukraine by Serhiy Kovalchuk, Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education, University of Toronto and Svitlana Shchudlo, Ivan Franko Drohobych State Pedagogical University

Mapping the tendencies towards privatization of education in Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE)

Pearson plc: A case study of corporate-led privatizations and profiteering in education in Ghana by Curtis Riep, University of Calgary, Canada

Private for Profit Secondary Schools in Malawi: A Solution to a Problem or a Problem for Solution? by Professor Keith Lewin and Dr Benjamin Zeitlin, University of Sussex

What does Privatization mean in Latin American Education by Cristian Bellei, Catholic University of Chile