In 2000 the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education was re-launched in 2008 as the Right to Education Project, envisioning a world with the right to education on the basis of non-discrimination and equality.
The right to education should be accessible to all people, regardless of creed or color. Unfortunately, many nations have not caught up to these principles. Fortunately, there are various organizations which safeguard the right to education and aim to promote education, from primary to postsecondary, on a global scale.
One such organization is the Right to Education project, stemmed from the 2000 UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education. Today, the organization is called the Right to education Project and is a collaborative initiative supported by Amnesty International, Save the Children, ActionAid International and Human Rights Watch.
The vision of the organization includes a world where a right to education becomes a reality rather than a hope. According to the organization, education should be a fundamental human right and based in the principles of non-discrimination or equality. Both states and non-state actors should be held responsible for their obligations and responsibilities.
The organization promotes education as a fundamental human right, and makes national and international law accessible to everybody. Through research and legal analysis, the RTE develops guides and tools for people to be able to harness human rights mechanisms to enforce their right to education.
The following are principles provided by RTE which apply to all of their work:
- education is a right and not a privilege
- the right to education is a civil, cultural, economic, political and social right and enabler of other rights. RTE draws on the full range of international instruments with a particular focus on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rightsand the Convention on the Rights of the Child, promoting their implementation at the national level
- the right to education applies to both children and adults. RTE embraces a comprehensive definition of the right to education, which includes formal and non-formal education, early childhood, primary, secondary and vocational training and higher education
- RTE bases its work on a holistic vision of the right to quality education as defined under international law. Namely, education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
- RTE draws inspiration from the 4As Framework enshrined in international law, which states that the right to education should be Available, Accessible, Acceptable, and Adaptable
- RTE promotes a human rights based approach – incorporating the principles of participation, accountability, non-discrimination, empowerment and link to the human rights legal framework
- RTE works through collaborative partnerships aimed at empowering right to education advocates and bridging the disciplines of human rights, development and education
- real change in people’s lives comes from the mobilisation of local individuals and communities. RTE works as a catalyst for change, identifying and sharing new ideas and solutions and motivating people to work together to take action for themselves
- RTE values diversity and works in a global, multi-cultural, and inclusive environment