Report on governance and the right to education

22 November 2018
Special Rapporteur on the right to education
At the Human Rights Council’s 38th session


The Special Rapporteur looks at how the right to education, and the commitments made under the Sustainable Development Goals, provide guidance for governance in national education systems. She considers how the right to education should be mainstreamed into education governance. Governance in this context covers the laws, policies, institutions, administrative procedures and practices, monitoring and accountability mechanisms, and judicial procedures that are related to education.

A rights-based approach should be adopted to ensure that non-discrimination and equitable access for all are mainstreamed. This approach places the learners who have been the hardest to reach, including members of vulnerable groups, as priorities.