Oral Statement during the Education Commission – 38th General Conference of UNESCO

imageOIDEL ha participado esta semana en la Comisión de Educación de la Conferencia General de la UNESCO. OIDEL ha aprovechado este encuentro por contar las actividades de la Plataforma de ONG por el Derecho de la Educación en Ginebra, así como de OIDEL. Os adjuntamos abajo la intervención oral que OIDEL durante la Comisión celebrando la mención de la sociedad civil en el Plan de Acción Educación 2030, recordando la dimensión libertad del derecho a la educación y anunciando el lanzamiento del Freedom of Education Index.

Thank you madam Chair to give me the floor,

I’m talking on behalf OIDEL, as coordinator of the NGO Platform for the Right to Education at the United Nations in Geneva, that has been active throughout the entire negotiating process.

We congratulate UNESCO for his leading role in the realization of the right to education.

We appreciate the multiple mentions of civil society in the Framework for Action Education 2030. We want to highlight point 87 concerning the implementation and adaptation of Education 2030 at regional and sub-regional levels. This point recalls the importance of existing partnerships, frameworks and effective mechanisms, as well as new ones forged to ensure strong regional collaboration, for the implementation of the education agenda.

80219805_new Partnerships between civil society and governmental authorities have played a key role in ensuring the right to education. The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education in its last report “Protecting the right to education against commercialization” noted that the existence of partnerships between the state and civil society organizations might be a good way to pursue the progressive realization of the right to education and to finish with the phenomena of privatization. In this regard he pointed good practices such as the “conciertos económicos” in Spain.

OIDEL welcomes the human rights based approach of the Plan of Action. Encouraging the establishment of partnerships within governmental recognition is important because it considers the right to education in all its dimensions; and in line with the General Comment nº 13, it does not limit the content of this right to social dimension, but to the freedom dimension. Although we are really satisfied with the document we would like to see a more explicit mention of the need of the state to strengthen the engagement with civil society to contribute to education as a public good, as it was said in the last resolution on the Right to Education.

Finally, we would like to mention that OIDEL has been conducting an extensive research on the freedom dimension of education, as it is understood in the main Human Rights Instruments, especially the article 13.3 and 13.4 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The research is a worldwide index on the participation of civil society in providing education and it would be published in our website at the end of the month.

Thank you.

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