Education Rights Agenda


Towards a Global Agenda for Education Rights

The GELF Board has released an outline of the Global Agenda for Education Rights in October 2016 in Budapest. From that time on for each item an expert committee has started to prepare a first draft comprehensive version, composed  from GELF Scientific Committee members and other experts from all continents. A broad international community of researchers and practitioners is working towards the adoption of the Global Agenda for Education Rights at the GELF Launching Conference Spring 2018 in India.

Prior to its final adoption, the draft Agenda will be discussed ‎by GELF members with stakeholders, governments, NGOs, philanthropists and international organisations (UNESCO, World Bank, European Commission, Council of Europe). ‎

Topics to be addressed in theStudent learning and asking Global Agenda for Education Rights

The Global Agenda for Education Rights aims to address big societal challenges as regards education rights, formerly known as the rights to and rights in education.‎ Our priorities include (but are not limited to):

  1. Equitable opportunities for all to access and complete quality education.
  2. Curricula fostering individual growth and innovation.
  3. Fair assessment of learning outcomes.
  4. Freedom of parents to choose or set up a school for their children and being involved.
  5. Good governance of education systems and institutes and the cultural dimension thereof.
  6. Safety and inclusive education also in (post-) conflict societies.
  7. Cross-border teaching and learning.

Actions and monitoring of Global Agenda for Education Rights:

In respect of each of these themes, the aim of GELF is to raise awareness, to develop expertise and to improve policy and advocacy.

Targets will relate to the current state of development as described in the bi-annual World Education Law and Policy Assessment Report, starting as from 2018.

Indicators of this Assessment to target actions for awareness, expertise and policy include:

  • number of countries with increased autonomy for schools (universities, training institutes) and teachers;
  • number of countries with wider and more equitable access and completion rates,
  • number of countries with increased support for mother tongue education;
  • number of countries with more advanced accountability systems supporting good governance;
  • number of countries which safeguard “the right of children to play, leisure and participate fully in cultural life and the arts”;
  • number of countries with parents’ participation and curricular innovation;
  • number of countries were more children can attend school safely.

GELF activities include:Students asking for real education

  • Publication of a bi-annual World Education Law and Policy Assessment Report, starting 2018, with 15 indicators for 50 countries.
  • Regional seminars and workshops for local experts, stakeholders’ organizations, provider networks and government officials
  • Assistance in reviewing draft laws and regulations.
  • Support for diplomatic and legal action to address violations of education rights.

See for an overview of the GELF program our blueprint.