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Leading UN Human Rights Body puts Students before Profit

In recognising the “significant importance of investment in public education, to the maximum of available resources,” the resolution adopted during the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) stresses that education  policies and programs are consistent with human rights standards and principles. “This resolution reaffirms that public education is the foundation of universal human rights,” said Education International (EI) General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. This puts the burden of regulation squarely on the shoulders of governments to make sure that the right to education takes place and that free quality public education comes before a profit motive.” As the voice of 32.5 million educators around the world, the resolution is welcomed as  reflecting the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and related targets which seek to “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning” and that “all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.”