Education Rights: Policy Training Course for Southern Africa

The Wits School of Education in collaboration with the OSISA Education Programme intends to facilitate training on Education Rights: Policy Training Course for Southern Africa. The training will provide twenty five (25) participants from across the region with an understanding of the right to education as a socioeconomic and second generation right and what the implications of this are on policy planning and financing as well as addressing inequalities in the sector.

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October 30th, 2012

The Wits School of Education in collaboration with the OSISA Education Programme intends to facilitate training on Education Rights: Policy Training Course for Southern Africa. The training will provide twenty five (25) participants from across the region with an understanding of the right to education as a socioeconomic and second generation right and what the implications of this are on policy planning and financing as well as addressing inequalities in the sector. Participants will be drawn from education practitioners including Ministries of Education, civil society organisations international NGOs as well as academic and research institutions.

Inadequate understanding and capacity to translate the right to education into reality is one of the key issues contributing towards the slow progress in achieving the 2015 targets for education in Africa. This was recently emphasized during the Fifth Conference for Education Ministers of the African Union (COMEDAF V) and the Commonwealth Conference for Education Ministers (CCEM) when participants discussed progress on achievement of the 2015 education goals. Three years before this deadline, and seven years after implementation of the African Union Second Decade Plan of Action, UNESCO GMR 2011 reports that around 30 million children are out of school in Africa and the majority is girls and vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities. In essence, the right to education is a right that is not being fully realized by many.
Other than a few universities and some research institutions in the region, there is a gap in understanding of education rights and the implications for the provision of education for all. Although some courses have been developed to build capacity in education planning by a number of universities in the region, there are no specialized courses on education rights and how these rights can be realized especially for socioeconomically marginalized and disadvantaged groups.

As a response to this gap, Wits University in collaboration with OSISA propose to develop a course that focuses on:
• Education Rights: Overview of education – covering education as a right, international, regional and national instruments guaranteeing this right;
• Planning and Financing the Right to Education: Education rights and planning – covering diagnosis of challenges, policy formulation, operationalisation, monitoring and evaluation
• Education and Equality: Overview of how excluded and disadvantaged populations can be reached, gender, disability, ethnic minorities.

The course will be administered by Wits School of Education. The initial course will be administered in English. Following an evaluation at the end of training, further discussion will be conducted with Wits on possibility of offering the course on a yearly basis as well as diversifying the language of administration to accommodate francophone and lusophone countries. This will be informed by among other things the feedback from the participants.

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