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17 Jun 2022

Special Rapporteur on the right to education: Report on the digitalization of education now available

In this report, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education addresses the risks and opportunities of the digitalization of education for the right to education.

She calls for discussions relating to the introduction of digital technologies in education to be framed around the right of every person to public, free, quality education and the commitments of States in this regard both under international human rights law and Sustainable Development Goal 4.

In particular, the implementation of the right to education must respond to the needs of all persons to access, master and use technology as an empowering tool for being active members of society.

The digitalization of education should be geared towards a better implementation of the right to education for all, where it is demonstrated that it brings a significant added value. In this regard, it is important to understand the profit-driven agenda of digital technology lobbyists and companies. In addition, the digitalization of education should not increase inequalities and benefit already privileged segments of societies only, nor lead to violations of other human rights within education, in particular the right to privacy.

More about the methodology of the report is available here


Join NORRAG next event on the topic:

24 June 2022: The digitalisation of education and its impact on the right to education

NORRAG and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education which is hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are organising an online side event to the Human Rights Council on 24 June 2022 at 13:00-14:30 (CEST/Geneva). This event will explore how digitalisation is transforming education around the world and celebrates the United Nations Special Rapporteur’s 2022 report on the impact of the digitalisation of education on the right to education. The webinar will be conducted in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation.


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