Regional consultation: Guiding Principles on state obligations regarding private schools
The consultation hosted by UNESCO is organized by the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Right to Education Project and the Open Society Foundation’s Education Support Programme.
The last two decades have seen a significant increase in the scale and scope of non-state actors in education, particularly in developing countries. A critical question in each context is whether the involvement of the private sector in education is acceptable or not. What is still missing, however, is a broadly accepted understanding of the normative framework against which to make this assessment. While international human rights law has the potential to fill in this gap, the existing legal framework still needs to be clarified and consolidated.
To do so, over the past 12 months, various education stakeholders have been working together to develop Guiding Principles that compile together existing customary and conventional human rights law as it relates to private actors in education. These guiding principles are tentatively called “Human Rights Guiding Principles on State obligations regarding private schools”. They are intended to be operational in and adaptable to different contexts and to provide a basis for advocacy, policy development, and litigation.
As part of a broad consultative process to develop the Guiding Principles, various regional and thematic consultations are being convened over the course of 2016 and 2017 with a range of stakeholders including civil society organisations, State representatives, human rights organisations and experts in the fields of education and law, academics, international and regional organisations and other actors. Previous consultations have taken place in Bangkok for the Asia-Pacific region and Nairobi for East Africa.
This consultation is intended for education stakeholders in North America and Europe. During this consultation, participants will learn more about the Guiding Principles and input directly into their development.