New principles on the right to education & private actors adopted by human rights experts

On 13 February 2019, a group of human rights experts adopted the Abidjan Principles, which seek to strengthen existing efforts to ensure that the right to education is protected in the context of growing private actor involvement in education.

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13 February 2019

New landmark Abidjan Principles on the right to education and private actors adopted by experts

Author: Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Right to Education Initiative, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, Equal Education Law Centre, Amnesty International

A group of human rights experts from around the world adopted the Abidjan Principles on the right to education [...] following three years of consultations, reflection and drafting. The Abidjan Principles seek to strengthen existing efforts to ensure that everyone’s right to education is protected in the context of growing, and often unregulated private actor involvement in education...

The Abidjan Principles unpack States’ obligation to provide public education, to respect liberties and dignity  in education, and to regulate private actors in education...

As well as their utility for States, the Abidjan Principles will be invaluable to those striving to hold States accountable when they fail to ensure that private actors respect the right to education...

The drafting of the Abidjan Principles was led by a drafting committee made up of nine internationally-renowned experts. A further 20 experts were present in Abidjan to review and adopted the text. Additional experts that were not able to be in Abidjan are expected to sign the text soon, which will also be open to endorsements from civil society organisations and other actors.

The final text of the Abidjan Principles will be available [...] around mid-March.

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7 February 2019

Experts set to adopt new guiding principles on right to education in context of growing private actor involvement

Author: Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Right to Education Initiative, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, Equal Education Law Centre, Amnesty International

"Experts from around the world set to meet in Abidjan to adopt new guiding principles on the right to education", 4 Feb 2019

On 12-13 of February 2019, education and human rights experts will meet in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the adoption of guiding principles strengthening the right to access free quality public education in the context of growing private actor involvement in education. 

This landmark text promises to be the new reference point for governments, educators and education providers when debating the respective roles and duties of states and private actors in education. The Guiding Principles unpack existing international human rights law on the right to education and outline practical guidelines for the growing global concern about the negative human rights impacts of the increasing private actor involvement in education. 

Drawing on legally binding treaties, jurisprudence and other legal sources, the draft of the text that will be discussed in Abidjan has been developed by a Drafting Committee made up of nine internationally recognised experts on human rights law...

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