Diane Ravitch's Blog: Mauritania: Report on Privatization and Commercialization of Education

This came to my email. I thought you might want to know that the battle against privatization of public schools is international. 

The Association of Women Head of Families (AFCF), the Coalition of Mauritanian Education Organisations (COMEDUC) and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), are publicly releasing today their report submitted to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in August 2018, concerning the growth of privatisation and commercialisation of education in Mauritania.

Following the submission of the report to the CRC and Mauritania’s later examination, the Committee expressed deep concern regarding ‘the recent closure with no apparent replacement of six public schools in Nouakchott’ as well as ‘the limited availability of preschool education and primary schools, and the proliferation of private schools’.

Mauritanian civil society calls for support in denouncing the closure of public schools in Mauritania and in appealing for the Mauritanian Government to uphold the right to education.

The report in English, French and Arabic, as well as its summary are available here.

More information on the research project on privatisation and commercialisation of education in Mauritania available here.

Information on privatisation of education in the Francophone area available here.

We hope that you will share the report and its findings widely.

Best,
The Association of Women Head of Families (AFCF), the Coalition of Mauritanian Education Organisations (COMEDUC) and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR).

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Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She serves on the board of the Core Knowledge Foundation, Common Core, the Albert Shanker Institute of the American Federation of Teachers, and Common Good. She is an honorary life trustee of the New...