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UNESCO: New global database on the right to education

Are you looking for any information on the legal status of education worldwide? UNESCO launched this month its new online database containing profiles of 195 countries around the world. The portal Right to Education Global Database provides documentation concerning the implementation of the right to education at all levels, and it is aimed at assisting a number of actors in their research, such as ministries involved in education, civil society organisations, researchers and students, thus fostering regional and international cooperation. 

Data for country profiles are organized in five categories: 

  • ratification status of international normative instruments
  • monitoring of the right to education, including country-specific observations from the UN human rights bodies
  • constitutional framework
  • legislative and administrative framework
  • implementation of educational policies.

The Library section hosts over 1 000 official documents, including constitutions, legislations, programmes and plans on education, mainly drawn from information provided by member states in their reports submitted to UNESCO, but also coming from country official websites and UN resources. The idea is to have all the major documentation stored in comprehensive platform that should be always up to date: for instance, it is now including the new Constitution of Egypt adopted in January 2014. As the database is meant to be interactive, users are encouraged to share official national documents in order to keep it regularly updated with the latest items and research.