Since 2013 the Novae Terrae Foundation has been collaborating with OIDEL, a NGO recognised by UN, Council of Europe and Unesco, in order to elaborate a Global Independent Index on Freedom of Education (including rights of parents); the publication is expected for October 2015 and the presentation will take place in the UN headquarters in Geneva.
In September 2014 the Novae Terrae Foundation and the OIDEL created a permanent group of international experts (Socrates Group), who periodically gather to analyse the problems and good practices regarding freedom of education and the protection of parents' rights of education in different countries all around the world.
What is it?
Starting from the prevision of art. 13 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (Freedom of Education), the Global Index on Freedom of Education will include a set of data on international scale analysing the protection and the promotion of this fundamental human right, as well as policies in support of freedom of education in the national context and in other countries.
What does it evaluate?
The indicators will focus on:
• freedom of choice for children's education (constitutional and legislative previsions, public schools, home schooling);
• public support for freedom of education (family vouchers, direct support for schools, teachers' wages, costs of structures and buildings etc.);
• NET (Net Enrolment Rate): the participation rate in a certain stage of children's and young people's education;
• Rate of students' participation in comprehensive schools.
Studies and researches will be attached to the Global Index. They will describe good practices in several world's countries elaborated by Socrates Group's experts during last years.
The Global Index could be an important tool aimed to analyse every two years the national political evolutions and the protection/promotion of the right of freedom of education at an international level.
To access the research (in English and French), click here:
Freedom of Education Index - Research