In collaboration with the Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, NORRAG has launched the Middle-Eastern contextualized version of NORRAG Special Issue 01 (NSI 01) on the “The Right to Education Movements and Policies: Promises and Realities”. The Middle-Eastern edition of NSI is comprised of seven articles with regionally-relevant content produced or translated into Arabic by Al Qasimi Foundation.
The launch took place on 9 April 2018 at the Eighth Biannual Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) Symposium, “Public, Private, and Philanthropy: Exploring the Impact of New Actors on Education in the GCC”, which was held in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, on 7-9 April 2018.
The first volume of NORRAG Special Issue (NSI), launched in January 2018, is dedicated to examining international frameworks and national policy as well as the challenges of fulfilling the right to education in practice. It highlights global and national-level experiences and perspectives on guaranteeing the right to education in accordance with international agreements, national constitutions, legislation, and policy. This issue attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and advocacy and policy, in international educational development.
The NSI series aims to further decentralize NORRAG’s knowledge production by promoting and engaging NORRAG members from the South. Guest editors Dr. Archana Mehendale and Dr. Rahul Mukhopadhyay, distinguished education scholars based in India, have developed this first volume which contains, in its English version, more than 30 contributions from academic researchers, UN organizations, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and policy makers.
For more information on the launch session, please refer to the presentation given by Alexandra Draxler, Senior Advisor to NORRAG, Elisabeth Wilson, Director of Programs, and Rasha Mohsen, Student Program Associate, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research.
On NSI, Dr.Koumbou Boly Barry, Special UN Rapporteur on the Right to Education said “NORRAG Special Issue 01 is a timely issue. In 2018, it has been 70 years since the convention on human rights was set up and especially its implementation started. It is useful to ensure we are able to take stock, so I thank NORRAG to have given us the opportunity to celebrate this milestone”.