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Realizing the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education
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Realizing the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education

Human Rights, Public Education, and the Role of Private Actors in Education

9781839106026 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Frank Adamson, Assistant Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Studies, California State University, Sacramento, US, Sylvain Aubry, Research and Legal Advisor, The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Kenya, Mireille de Koning, Program Officer, Open Society Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations, UK and Delphine Dorsi, Director, Right to Education Initiative (RTE), UK
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 602 6 Extent: 296 pp
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This insightful book analyses the process of the first adoption of guiding human rights principles for education, the Abidjan Principles. It explains the development of the Abidjan Principles, including their articulation of the right to education, the state obligation to provide quality public education, and the role of private actors in education.

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This insightful book analyses the process of the first adoption of guiding human rights principles for education, the Abidjan Principles. It explains the development of the Abidjan Principles, including their articulation of the right to education, the state obligation to provide quality public education, and the role of private actors in education.

Multidisciplinary in approach, both legal and education scholars address key issues on the right to education, including parental rights in education, the impact of school choice, and evidence about inequities arising from private involvement in education at the global level.

Focusing on East African and francophone countries, as well as the global level, chapters explore the role and impact of private actors and privatization in education. The book concludes by calling for the rights outlined in the Abidjan Principles not to remain locked in text, but for states to take responsibility and be held to account for delivering them, as promised in international human rights treaties.

Interpreting human rights law as requiring that states provide a quality public education, this book will be a valuable resource for academics and students of education policy, human rights, and education law. It will also be beneficial for policy makers, practitioners, and advocacy groups working on the right to education.
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‘The Abidjan Principles on the right to education have become a major reference tool for all, contributing to a dynamic process towards the implementation of the right to free, public, quality and inclusive education for all and leading the way for further action. At a time when we all hope to build back better, reading Realizing the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education is a must for our common world.’
– Koumba Boly Barry, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education
Contributors
Contributors: F. Adamson, S. Aubry, M.S. Carmona, M. de Koning, D. Dorsi, C. Fontdevila, S. Fredman, J. Härmä, M.-F. Lange, M.C. Moschetti, J. Mowbray, L. Oduor-Noah, A. Verger, R. Zinigrad
Contents
Contents:

1 Developing human rights guiding principles on
State obligations regarding private education 1
Sylvain Aubry, Mireille de Koning, and Frank Adamson

PART I THE CONTOURS OF THE HUMAN
RIGHT TO EDUCATION
2 Human rights guiding principles:
A forward-looking retrospective 25
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona
3 Is there a right to public education? 52
Jacqueline Mowbray
4 Parental rights in education under international
law: nature and scope 79
Roman Zinigrad
5 State funding of private education: the role of
human rights 104
Sandra Fredman

PART II WHAT EDUCATION RESEARCH REVEALS
6 Evidence on school choice and the human right to
education 132
Joanna Härmä
7 How and why policy design matters: understanding
the diverging effects of public–private partnerships
in education 157
Antoni Verger, Mauro C. Moschetti, and Clara Fontdevila
8 The growth of private actors in education in East Africa 189
Linda Oduor-Noah
9 The evolution and forms of education privatisation
within francophone countries 220
Marie-France Lange
10 Synthesizing the research to strengthen
the implementation of the Abidjan Principles 244
Frank Adamson, Delphine Dorsi, and Magdalena
Sepúlveda Carmona
Annex: the Abidjan Principles Process and the ten
Overarching Principles 263

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