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The Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education

Selected at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2020

Project led by : 

A secretariat comprised of 5 organizations - see below

Geographical Area
Culture & Education

The Abidjan Principles project compiles and interprets existing human rights law and standards in order to provide guidance on how to put them into practice, in the context of the rapid expansion of private sector involvement in education.


The Abidjan Principles unpack existing human rights law regarding the obligations of States to provide public education and to regulate private involvement in education. It is a key reference tool on the right to education in the context of the growing commercialization of education worldwide.


A Secretariat made up of representatives from five organizations - Amnesty International, the Equal Education Law Centre, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, and the Right to Education Initiative - steered the development of the Abidjan Principles, until their adoption in February 2019. These five organizations continue to actively engage in the implementation of the Principles, which includes a wide range of actors including civil society organizations, states, inter-governmental agencies, donors.

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