Conference on the Right to Basic Education as a Fundamental Human Rights and the Legal Framework for its Financing

Basic Education as a Fundamental Human Rights and the Legal Framework for its Financing (1-5 Dec. 2005, Jakarta, Indonesia) was organized by the Ministry of National Education of the Government of Indonesia, in cooperation with UNESCO in order to address major issues and challenges in the field of right to basic education for all and the legal framework for its financing in a comparative perspective and for promoting national level action.

The discussions resulted in the adoption of the Jakarta Declaration which contains recommendations in order to better implement and monitor the right to education in general and the right to basic education and its financing in particular.

Jakarta Declaration on the Right to basic Education as a Fundamental Human Right and the Legal Framework for its Financing

Follow-up to the Jakarta Declaration

Since the adoption of the Jakarta Declaration, UNESCO has been actively disseminating the Declaration and following up on its recommendations through relevant fora, activities and events.  View Follow-up here

Its follow-up is linked to major activities carried out among which: 

The Experts’ Consultation on the Operational Definition of Basic Education, organized 17-18 December 2007 at UNESCO HQ, brought together eminent experts from different regions to further discuss a preliminary draft operational definition of basic education that was initially proposed during the Experts’ Workshop on “Challenges and Perspectives of Law and Education” organised in Sao Paulo in December 2006. More

This Consultation was part of UNESCO’s efforts to initiate a reflection and dialogue process for the elaboration of an operational definition of basic education and to elaborate a definition that will be universally accepted and recognized. The discussions, which pointed to the need for a new future oriented approach to basic education, focused on key legal and policy parameters of basic education, namely: duration (number of years), purpose, curriculum and content, quality and evaluation of outcomes, beneficiaries, provision and resources as well as its free and compulsory nature. The experts recognized that the approach should be flexible and the definition may be applied in a way that allow for and embrace diverse local specificities, while fully respecting the elements it contains in an international perspective. More

Expert consultation on the operational definition of basic education - Conclusions

An Experts’ Meeting on the Constitutional Right to Education and its application was organized 5-6 October 2007 at UNESCO HQ. It has been organized, with the support of the European Association for Education Law and Policy (ELA), as part of UNESCO’s efforts to address the request by the Joint Expert Group UNESCO (CR)/ECOSOC (CESCR) on the Monitoring of the Right to Education and by Experts during the “International Conference on the Right to Education as a Fundamental Human Right” (Jakarta, 2005), regarding the constitutional bases of the right to education, with a focus on equality of educational opportunities.

In particular the Meeting aimed at examining provisions on the right to education in constitutions and their enforcement within the framework of national normative action and from a policy perspective.  

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