Promoting rights in schools

ActionAid supports parents, children, teachers, unions, communities and local organisations to monitor and improve the quality of public education.

Aimed at actively engaging parents, children, teachers, unions, communities and local civil society organisations in collectively monitoring and improving the quality of public education, Promoting Rights in Schools (PRS) offers a set of practical tools that can be used as a basis for mobilisation, advocacy and campaigning.

PRS is based on 10 clearly stated rights derived from national legal instruments (e.g. the Constitution), international human rights conventions and policy, community and school level efforts.

Following the successful completion of its first phase in The Gambia, Liberia, Malawi, Zambia and Ghana, our Action for Children’s Rights in Education project is currently working on ensuring children’s rights in education in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ghana.

Our Right to Education project in Nepal is an example of where we have been working at a local level. It brings together community leaders, teachers, parents and children, to assess the progress of local schools against a variety of indicators. This has led to the production of school improvement plans that are both understood and widely supported in the community. 

In 2010, ActionAid, in partnership with the Right-to-Education project embarked on developing a list of core rights-based indicators on quality education.

Aimed at actively engaging parents, children, teachers, unions, communities and local civil society organisations in collectively monitoring and improving the quality of public education, Promoting Rights in Schools (PRS) offers a set of practical tools that can be used as a basis for mobilisation, advocacy and campaigning.

PRS is based on 10 clearly stated rights derived from national legal instruments (e.g. the Constitution), international human rights conventions and policy, community and school level efforts.

Each of the rights is gender sensitive. They are also linked to measurable indicators describing what 'good quality education' should look like and the roles of the state and other agencies in achieving this goal in a concrete and sustainable manner.

The resources from PRS provide a platform for civil society to advocate for improved policies, increased resources and programmes, and serve as a monitoring tool for assessing progress and addressing challenges in ensuring the quality of public education.