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We explored the Connection Between PPPs and EdTech Using the Abidjan Principles

We explored the Connection Between PPPs and EdTech Using the Abidjan Principles

On June 19, our Programme Officer – Africa, Aya Douabou, participated as a panellist in a webinar organised by the Global Campus for Human Rights to discuss EdTech Regulatory Frameworks and the Right to Education in Africa. In the presentation on The Abidjan Principles: Ensuring the Right to Education in Public-Private Partnerships, Aya Douabou highlighted the risks that EdTech PPPs pose to the right to education and presented the Abidjan guiding principles which are relevant to PPPs, and which can be applied when EdTech actors partner with the State.  

Other panellists were: 

  • Anderson Miamen, National Coordinator of the Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education. He shared the findings and recommendations of our joint report on the Liberia Education Advancement Program, a PPP whose major partner is Bridge International Academies, a chain of low-fee private schools, that provides digital teaching and learning materials among other things. 
  • Elvis Fokala, Manager: Children’s Rights Unit at Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. He underscored the lack of regulatory framework for EdTech in the regional human rights standards, which can be explained by the stark digital divide between many African countries and countries in the Global North. 

This event was organised as part of the 6th edition of the Global Campus of Human Rights(GC) Policy Observatory webinar series. This year's regional webinars are an integral part of the research project titled “The digitalization of education systems and its impact on human rights, with a special focus on the right to education."  

These webinars, which started on 5 June and will end on 17 July, provide an opportunity to dive into the research findings and discuss multiple policy recommendations together with international experts, in addition to offering a space for reflection and advocacy. 

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