UN hails outcome of Incheon forum as ‘huge step forward’ for education
This excerpt from UN Special Rapporteur on education, Kishore Singh:
“Governments must safeguard education as a public good, and urgently end the commercialization of education,” Mr. Singh added. “Disparities and inequalities in society must be reduced, not encouraged. Building an inclusive education system requires governments to strengthen public education, as is their obligation under international human rights law.”
Mr. Singh called on governments to fully fund and implement their human rights obligations and bring free, public education for all. “Free basic education is the cornerstone of the right to education and must not be undermined through privatisation,” the Special Rapporteur said.