Education civil society and human rights activists convened in Abidjan last month for the annual global meeting of the Privatization in Education and Human Rights Consortium (PEHRC).
Delegates from all around the world met to discuss the adoption of the Abidjan Principles, a human rights-based document to describe State’s obligations to provide free, public and inclusive education, as well as to regulate private involvement in education.
The Abidjan Principles were developed using international human rights legal standards and jurisprudence through an open, transparent, and broadly consultative process with inputs from stakeholders from various backgrounds: human rights lawyers, education specialists and practitioners, affected communities and civil society organizations worldwide.
From 2016 to 2018, a series of regional, national, and thematic consultations were convened around the world, leading to the final adoption conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. A secretariat made up of Amnesty International, the Equal Education Law Centre, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, and the Right to Education Initiative facilitated the consultative process.
The meeting also looked at the priority for PEHRC members for the next two years and what strategies and tactics were needed to slow down and better regulate the involvement of private actors in the education sector.