Support for Public Education

Commercialized education threatens education equity for children worldwide and combats the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”

In an effort to protect the public education sector from privatization and commercialization, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) implored all States to invest in public education, regulate education providers, and “address any negative impacts of the commercialization of education” in a historic resolution during the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council held on 13 June to 1 July 2016. The resolution, supported by 23 civil society organizations, will encourage States to develop and implement a framework to regulate and monitor education providers, especially providers that negatively impact children’s right to education.

UNHRC’s resolution also aims to discourage States from engaging in practices that divert financial resources from their full commitment to improving public education and honoring their obligation to create quality and free education systems for all children. The resolution has been supported by 47 UNHRC member States.

For more information: Right to Education

Anne Bauer