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OIDEL pursues the following objectives:

To achieve its goal, OIDEL collaborates with many experts, and works with international organizations and governments to promote the right to education and freedom to education. It aims to:

· STUDY educational policies according to an approach based on human rights.
· INFORM the public of progress and violations of the right to education and freedom of education.
· PROVIDE training and information on the right to education and freedom of education to stakeholders in the field of education.
· COLLABORATE with international organizations and bodies for the protection of human rights to defend and promote the right to education and educational freedoms.

Main Activities

International organizations

- UN Commission on Human Rights
- UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
- UN Economic and Social Council
- UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- International Conference on Education (UNESCO/IBE)
- General Conference (UNESCO)
- Parliamentary Assembly (Council of Europe)
- European Parliament
- European Commission
- UN World Conferences

A network of experts

OIDEL manages a worldwide network OF experts: jurists, economists, academics, government representatives and managers of independent schools. Among the countries represented are Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the UK , the USA, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Romania, Czech Republic.

Other Activities


International Symposium "Choice of School versus Social Justice: Dilemma or Mirage?", Lisbon, Portugal.

Report 2007/2008 on freedom of education in the world (summary)

Report 2007

Report 2006

Report 2005

International Symposium "Civil Society's role in the governance of education"

Report 2004

Report 2003

Report 2002

Report 2000-2001

Report 1999-2000

"School founders and educational innovations", IBE Geneva

"Financial globalisation and human rights", Geneva, in collaboration with the Observatoire de la Finance

"New financing methods for education", Paris, in collaboration with the group "Enseignement et Liberté de Paris", and the documentation and research centre "Luisi Einaudi" of Turin.

"Schools: the paths to freedom of choice", Geneva, public debate in collaboration with the "Forum pour des Ecoles Publiques Libres en Suisse".

"Towards the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights", Geneva, in collaboration with the UN Centre for Human Rights.

"Tolerance,conviction and comprehension", with the support of the Council of Europe and within the framework of the European Youth Campaign against racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance.

"The School: a question of choice", Bari, Italy, in collaboration with the FAES association.

IVth International Symposium "A United and plural Europe: the role of public authorities in Education", Divonne les Bains, France, in collaboration with the European Democratic Forum.

"The renewal of education en Europe", meeting of experts in Geneva.

"What type of Democracy for Developing Countries?", Geneva.

"Free speech and freedom of education", with professionals of the media.

IIIrd International Symposium "Educational Democracy and Freedom in Eastern and Central Europe", held in Geneva, funded by the council of Europe.

"Scholastic Achievement", Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

"The concept of freedom of education and the European Convention on Human Rights", meeting of experts at the IBE, Geneva.

IInd International Symposium "What Changes for Quality Education?", with the support of the Canton of Geneva.

Ist International Symposium "Freedom leads to quality", European Parliament (Brussels), with the support of the Commission of the European Community.

Education shall enable all persons to participate effectively in a free society

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Art. 13


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