24 November 2006
Vernor Muñoz, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on the right to education, will visit Morocco at the invitation of the Government from 27 November to 5 December 2006.
During this visit, the Special Rapporteur will consider how Morocco endeavours to implement the right to education, the measures taken for its successful realization and the obstacles encountered, both at the national and international levels.
The Special Rapporteur will focus on issues related not only to access to education but also to the quality of education, in particular for girls, economically and socially disadvantaged children and children with disabilities. He will address particular education challenges in Morocco, such as, inter alia, the rapid urbanization process and its impact on the family structure and the education of children, the impact of child labour and the phenomenon of street children, and will review the ongoing ambitious Moroccan education reform and implementation of the National Charter for Education and Training.
The Special Rapporteur will meet with Government officials and with civil society representatives, including non-governmental organizations, education professionals, academics, students, parents and members of the media. The Special Rapporteur will also have the opportunity to visit schools. He will be travelling to Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech and theirs suburbs.
The Special Rapporteur will present a report on his mission to the Council on Human Rights at its forthcoming 2007 session (March 2007).
The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to help States, and others, promote and protect the right to education. For further information on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and copies of available reports, please consult the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. ( http://www.unhchr.ch/)