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Education Rights: Policy Training Course for Southern Africa
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Wits School of Education (WSoE)

Application Deadline: 30 April 2013

Course Dates: 1-5 July 2013

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1. Context and Background

Three years before the EFA deadline, and seven years after implementation of the African Union Second Decade Plan of Action, UNESCO GMR 2011 reports that around 30 million children remain out of school in Africa. The majority are women, girls and vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities. In essence, the right to education is a right that is not being fully realized by many.

Wits University in collaboration with OSISA are offering a short course to provide capacity building on the Right to Basic Education and the related policy and financial issues. The course focuses on:

  • Education Rights: Overview of education - covering education as a right, international, regional and national instruments guaranteeing this right;
  • Education and Equality: Overview of how excluded and disadvantaged populations can be reached.
  • Planning and Financing the Right to Education: Education rights and planning - covering diagnosis of challenges, policy formulation, operationalisation, monitoring and evaluation

2. Curriculum for the Course

This proposed course consists of three modules, each module divided into four units. The overall course offered over 36 hours of instructional time in one calendar week. Each module will be developed and taught by an individual or team of lecturers who are expert in their particular specialist domain.

MODULE 1: Education Rights

Unit 1.1 Basic Concepts in Education Rights Law
Unit 1.2 International Covenants
Unit 1.3 Constitutions and National Laws
Unit 1.4 Case Law and Litigation

MODULE 2: Education and Equality

Unit 2.1 Gender
Unit 2.2 Disability
Unit 2.3 Ethnic, Linguistic and other Minorities
Unit 2.4 Migrants, Immigrants and Refugees

MODULE 3: Planning and Financing the Right to Education

Unit 3.1 Demand and Supply in Education Planning
Unit 3.2 Budgets and Financial Planning in Education
Unit 3.3 Budget Analysis from the Perspective of Education Rights
Unit 3.4 Monitoring and Evaluation

3. Learning Approach

The course will be structured to facilitative active learning processes by combining reflection based on experience, the learning of new knowledge and application of knowledge learned to country contexts. While the course materials will be designed for use in the residential training week, participants will have ongoing access to course materials and ongoing electronic networking on the university's Wits E web-based learning platform.

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