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PERI Newsletter August 2015

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Forthcoming Young Lives and PERI Book
In 2014, PERI and Young Lives jointly commissioned a number of policy-oriented research papers using school survey data from the Young Lives longitudinal study of childhood poverty

The seven papers, written by researchers from Ethiopia,Vietnam, India andPeru reflecting on the extent to which different types of school provision and private tutoring influence education development, have been combined into a book which will be available in early 2016.

PERI Newsletter August 2015

In the News
Eye on young: US-UK edu firm heads to India (The Indian Express)
Low-Fee Private School Chain Bridge International Academies, currently based in Kenya and Uganda, looks to expand its model to India.
 
Why Vouchers Won’t Fix Vegas Schools (The New York Times)
For education, Las Vegas’ state Nevada ranks last. This Op-Ed from Brittany Bronson discusses how among the many options to improve the system, vouchers are not the answer.

Senate Debates: Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon Expresses Concerns about Foreign Aid to Private Companies (OpenAustralia)
‘[O]verseas aid budgets, traditionally associated with poverty alleviation, are increasingly going to boost company profits.’
 
David Cameron sets out academy 'vision' for every school (BBC News)
In an interview with BBC News, UK Prime Minister David Cameron expresses his strong support for academization in England.

 
Rwanda: Schools to Get More Autonomy As Govt Issues New Rules to Guide Partnerships (AllAfrica)
‘Schools under public-private partnership are set to get more autonomy from government following new directives determining the kind of assistance to be offered to them.’
 
When academies are failing, don’t pass the parcel – bring back local authorities (The Guardian)
Open University professor Ron Glatter writes that ‘[i]f an academy is struggling the answer shouldn’t necessarily be to turn to another academy sponsor'.

 
India: Teachers, School Students and Activists fight for Public Education (Teacher Solidarity)
‘In Jaipur in Rajasthan, 500 teachers protested outside the education offices and burned effigies of the education minister, in protest against the decision to hand over the entire public schools stock to the private sector on a 'first come, first served' basis.’
 
Focus on Low-Fee Private Schools

This past month, a series of articles in The Economist explored the rationale for and against the rise of the Low-Fee Private School model, casting it in a favourable light.
 
Learning Unleashed
‘Where governments are failing to provide youngsters with a decent education, the private sector is stepping in’
The $1-a-week school
‘Private schools are booming in poor countries. Governments should either help them or get out of their way’

The above coverage led to several letters to the Editor of the Economist covering many strong points of critique and indicating a robust civil society response.

Letters
Including responses from Hugh McLean (Director, Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations), David Archer (Head of Programme Development, ActionAid) and Professor Steven Klees (University of Maryland)

Low-fee private schooling: what do we really know? Prachi Srivastava responds to The Economist
Srivastava responded to The Economist articles on the Oxfam From Poverty to Power blog
 
Recent Publications
On 29 July 2015, the Oxford Human Rights Hub and the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations hosted an interactive online workshop exploring key challenges of public and private partnerships in realising the right to education. A report from the event, is now available.
 
Upcoming Events

PERI at UKFIET 2015

 
The 13th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development presents a unique space for PERI and its partners to amplify its ideas among academics, students and thought leaders. At this year’s conference PERI will convene two quick fire sessions and a symposium to encourage debate around the social justice and human rights implications of alternative education provision within Latin America, Africa, and South Asia.
 
Day 3: Thursday 17th September
 
11:00 -12:30 - PERI AND YOUNG LIVES SYMPOSIUM: PRIVATISTAION IN EDUCATION: ANALYSING CHOICE, QUALITY, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN PERU, VIETNAM AND ETHIOPIA
Presenters: Bridget Azubuike (Young Lives, University of Oxford), Hang Duong (Lehigh University), Joan Martinez (Centro de Investigación Universidad del Pacífico)
 
13:30-15:00 - PERI QUICK FIRE: PRIVATISATION AND MARKETISATION OF EDUCATION - WHOSE LEARNING?

Privatization in Latin America – Examining the implications of Choice, Quality and Equity for societal development 
Presenters : Maria Balarin (Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE)), Xavier Bonal (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Andreu Termes (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Antoni Verger (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Adrian Zancajo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
 
Human rights perspectives on the private provision of education
Presenters: Delphine Dorsi (Right to Education Project), Javier Gonzalez (RED (Red de Estudios para la profundización Democrática)), Maria Ron Balsera (Bielefeld University)

 
Privatisation in Education October Series of Events

 
Based in London? PERI and partners are organizing a number of events in October regarding privatisation in education and the UK’s Extraterritorial Obligations. Events will include a report launch, a panel discussion with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, and more. Details of dates and times will be available shortly, but to register your interest please email info@periglobal.org.
 


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 

 

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