New report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education on migrants

The Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Koumbou Boly Barry, identifies two key statements in the latest report on migrants’ right to education as a cultural right: the challenges that migrants face when exercising their rights, and the important link between education and culture.

            Firstly, migrants face endless challenges when exercising their right to education. This has affected migrants, minorities and the marginalised population because they do not have the resources to access quality education, which also conditions their identity as migrants. In order to avoid an increase of inequalities and promote more inclusive education, Dr. Boly Barry suggests following the 4As: availability, acceptability, accessibility and adaptability.

            The last two As are the most prominent in this report because it aims to make education more accessible and adaptable for migrants to enjoy their rights. The link between culture and education is crucial to understanding how one works for the other and vice-versa. It is their cultural right to obtain access to quality education since they both foster knowledge and development in the long run.

            The universality of these two rights emphasize the goal to «ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (fourth Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations), including migrants.

Fernanda Barrio

To obtain more information about the report, access the following link:

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