09.12.2011 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Study: The right to education: a comparative view. Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Finland

The Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) has conducted a study entitled “The Right to Education: a comparative review of selected legislations”. The study focused on the legal frameworks that govern the education systems of Argentina, Uruguay, Finland and Chile, with emphasis on this last country.

The study was led by Vernor Muñoz, former Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education (2004-2010) and member of the Deliberative Council of the Civil Society’s Regional Fund for Education. A team from the Ministry of Education in Chile, and other relevant actors also participated in the preparation of the document.

The work focused on reviewing the conceptual and normative framework of the right to education, and analysed the current situation from the perspective of its main elements: availability, accessibility, acceptability and adaptability. These are elements that define the obligations of the State with regard to the right to education, and its application. The study shows that the objectives of education determine institutional priorities, including curricular development on the one hand and, on the other, the nature and scope of education management which requires adequate funding to progressively advance towards guaranteed free education for all.

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