Calls for “building back better” by just pushing the reset button will not change the game.We need structural changes in societies and economies that ensure the primacy of human rights, gender justice and sustainability.This is the key message of the 2020 edition of the Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development.
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Realizado por la ISP en alianza con la Fundación NodoXXI, la publicación demuestra cómo la pandemia ha dejado al descubierto el error de años de privatizaciones, desmantelamiento y desfinanciación de los servicios públicos en uno de los países donde el neoliberalismo más ha avanzado en la región, y donde ha posibilitado la subordinación de la vida social a las exigencias del mercado.
The National Coordinating Council (NCC) of Public Services International (PSI) in Ghana has issued a press release in support of the position of teachers unions of Ghana Partnership schools and on the occasion of International Women's Day. The NCC "notes with dismay the current trend of privatization of basic needs of communities especially the recent moves by government to privatize public basic education in some communities, through the Ghana Partnership Schools. This in the view of the NCC, would disadvantage many Ghanaian children and more especially girls". The NCC calls for "the immediate halt to all processes to put these basic schools in the hands of private operators".
Education International’s African leaders have released a statement today calling on their Heads of States to reject privatisation and to invest in quality public education for all. The statement warns against foreign multinational corporations who are seeking market opportunities and are targeting major African cities. These companies are attacking and undermining public education across the continent according to EI. The special attention was paid to Bridge International Academies which is emblematic of what is wrong with privatisation. The presented research paper "What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?" reviews seven studies conducted in local communities where it operates (in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda).
The core topic of this year’s Oxfam report ‘Public Good or Private Wealth’ is the relationship between public services and economic and gender inequality. It shows the growing gap between rich and poor is undermining the fight against poverty, damaging our economies and fuelling public anger across the globe. It reveals how governments are exacerbating inequality by underfunding public services, such as healthcare and education, on the one hand, while under taxing corporations and the wealthy, and failing to clamp down on tax dodging, on the other. It also finds that women and girls are hardest hit by rising economic inequality.
The Special Rapporteur examines public-private partnerships in education, which are inextricably linked to rapidly expanding privatization. He highlights their implications for the right to education and for the principles of social justice and equity. Lastly, he offers a set of recommendations with a view to developing an effective regulatory framework, along with implementation strategies for public-private partnerships in education, in keeping with State obligations for the right to education, as laid down in international human rights conventions, and the need to safeguard education as a public good.
Democratising Knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier, aims to provide the foundations for a critical study into Elsevier’s business model and practices. The study also aims at contributing to developing policy objectives relating to open public access to research and educational materials, academic freedom, researcher autonomy, and the scholarly communication system. This research will form a key part of Education International’s Global Response campaign on the commercialisation and marketisation in and of education aimed specifically at the further and higher education and research sector.
Unmasking the Hidden Power of Cities. Using their authorities, energy and promise to secure the common good.
The Partnership for Working Families, which recently co-authored a new report on the unique power of cities to make progressive change, has launched “We Make This City,” a 10-city national campaign “for community-controlled, publicly owned institutions, structures, and services. We are fighting to ensure all people have access to the systems and structures needed to live full and healthy lives. This includes transportation systems that connect us to work, schools and services, the ability to afford housing in the communities we love, access to clean water and energy and organized power for workers who make all this possible. Public infrastructure connects us all and should serve the needs of the people, not the pockets of corporations. (…) As we struggle to meet our people’s basic needs, corporate interests tell us that they are actually the solution to our problem. Private entities are taking over our roads, our water and our schools — the building blocks of our cities — to create more profit for themselves. It isn’t working for us. The rich are getting richer and our people are suffering.”
In a first-of-its-kind analysis, this report reveals that neighborhood public school students in three California school districts are bearing the cost of the unchecked expansion of privately managed charter schools.
This report has been commissioned by ActionAid Ghana and its main purpose is to examine education financing and the promotion of the Rights to Education (RTE) in Ghana through the provision of adequate financing to the sector. The report concludes that this can only be achieved by government fulfilling its financing commitments, compelled by citizen activism. The report outlines broader issues which must be addressed in order to achieve these rights, through legal accountability of central Government to education financing; improved quality of learning and increased resources for public schools. Ultimately, this report seeks to achieve, amongst other things, a better and fairer financing for free public education for all in Ghana.
In May 2015, 116 civil society organisations published a statement raising concerns about the costs, impact and quality of Bridge International Academies (BIA), and responding to misleading information about its approach.
This new report, " Investing in the crisis: Private participation in the education of Syrian refugees ", by respected US academics, Assistant Professors Dr Francine Menashy and Dr Zeena Zakharia, University of Massachusetts Boston, explores the complex interrelationship between conflict and private sector participation through a case study of the education of Syrian refugees. It raises serious questions about the growing role of corporate actors and the ethical tensions between humanitarian and profit motivations to engage in this crisis.