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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

The right to education

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Six weeks: 28 August 2013 to 8 October 2013
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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 12:45

This six-week course offered jointly by HREA and the Right to Education Project provides human rights, development and education advocates with concepts, skills, and tools to deepen their knowledge and strategise their work on the right to education. The course will look at the theoretical foundations of the right to education, how to apply them in order to identify stakeholders, obligations and violations, and what strategies may be used to promote and realise the right.

Participants will deepen their knowledge by learning about international, regional and national standards related to the right to education; what they mean in practical terms (making education available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable); how they apply to different stakeholders. Participants will also gain skills and knowledge in identifying obligations for states, the international community and non-state actors; recognising violations of the right to education.

This e-learning course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, interaction with students and instructor on discussion boards, quizzes and webinars with invited guests. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course.

Course outline:

  • Week 1: Understanding the right to education (I)
  • Week 2: Understanding the right to education (II): legal obligations vs. political commitments
  • Week 3: Identifying obligations (immediate vs. progressive realisation; respect, protect, fulfil; states, international community, non-state actors)
  • Week 4: Identifying violations (issues: fees, compulsory nature, teachers training; groups: women and girls, minorities, emergencies, extremely poor)
  • Week 5: Monitoring the right to education (existing monitoring mechanisms; law and policy assessment; budget analysis; indicators)
  • Week 6: Developing strategies for the realisation of the right to education (judicial review and strategic litigation; lobbying and mobilisation of independent experts and bodies; community-based educational and awareness-raising activities)