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On 12-13 February 2019, the Adoption Conference for the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, following a three-year participatory consultation and drafting process.

Professor Ann Skelton, chair of the Drafting Committee, and UNESCO Chair of Education Law in Africa, with Madame Kombou Boly Barry, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, present a drawing by artist  Yannick Ackatchy  to the Minister of Education, Cote d’Ivoire to celebrate the adoption of Abidjan Principles.

Professor Ann Skelton, chair of the Drafting Committee, and UNESCO Chair of Education Law in Africa, with Madame Kombou Boly Barry, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, present a drawing by artist Yannick Ackatchy to the Minister of Education, Cote d’Ivoire to celebrate the adoption of Abidjan Principles.

At the Adoption Conference education and human rights experts from around the world meet to review and adopt the final text of the Abidjan Principles. 

The Abidjan Principles promises to be the new reference point for governments, educators and education providers when debating the respective roles and duties of states and private actors in education. They compile and unpack existing legal obligations that States have regarding the delivery of education, and in particular the role and limitations of private actors in the provision of education. They provide more details about what international human rights law means by drawing from other sources of law and existing authoritative interpretations.

 

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The Principles

Explore the text of each Principle, related expert commentary, and key resources.


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Support for the Abidjan principles

Learn more about the drafting committee members, signatories and endorsements to the Abidjan Principles.


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Background

Discover the unique history and process undertaken to develop the Abidjan Principles.


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Resources

Access background resources related to the Abidjan Principles.