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Human Rights policy responses to the growth of private actors in education

Join GI-ESCR, the Geneva Academy, the Right to Education project, the Global Campaign for Education and PERI for an event discussing 'Human Rights policy responses to the growth of private actors in education'

Date: 
Fri, 12/06/2015 - 12:45
location: 
Auditorium A2, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva

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, and the Privatisation in Education Research Initiative are pleased to announce an event on ‘Human rights policy responses to the growth of private actors in education.'

The global growth of private actors in education presents many challenges from a human rights perspective. As discussed during a side-event at the Human Rights Council last year, increasing privatisation of education is pushing already vulnerable groups deeper into poverty and furthering social divisions, making it more difficult for states to fulfill their core obligation to provide quality public education for all. Unfortunately, the issues discussed last year have become more acute and the questions raised at that time remain unanswered; in particular, which policies consistent with human rights frameworks need to be adopted to effectively respond to these challenges.

The event seeks to provide an overview of this topical issue, building on the report of Mr Kishore Singh, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, which will be presented the following week at the Human Rights Council. The event will also provide an opportunity to share experiences and to discuss the potential of different human rights policy responses to the privatisation of education.

The Global Campaign for Education will also launch during the event its forthcoming flagship report on low-fee private schools.

Confirmed Speakers include:

-Mr Kishore Singh, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education
-Ms Anjela Taneja, Head of Policy at the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), who will present GCE’s key report
-Ms Salima Namusobya, Executive Director, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda
-Mr Frank Adamson, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
-Mr Angelo Gavrielatos, Project Director, Global Response to privatisation of education, Education International (EI)

The event will be chaired by Dr Joanna Bourke-Martignoni, Research Fellow, Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

All are welcome to join us for sandwich lunch, which will be served outside of the Auditorium from 12 pm with the event starting promptly at 12.45 pm. Please RSVP to Anja Nielsen, anja.nielsen@opensocietyfoundations.org.

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