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Guidelines to Strengthen the Right to Education in National Frameworks
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2021 | 92 p.
ISBN 978-92-3-100428-5
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These Guidelines aim to strengthen national frameworks by assisting countries and stakeholders in conducting an assessment of the compatibility of their national education legal and policy framework with international standard-setting instruments on the right to education, and in light of SDG 4 commitments. These Guidelines provide a hands-on approach aiming to assist in the review of national education legal and policy frameworks in view of:

  1. Developing practical knowledge on the right to education based on the Right to education handbook and supporting capacity development
  2. Providing operational tools to assess the status of the right to education at country level and its compatibility with international and regional human rights obligations and international commitments (notably SDG 4)
  3. Identifying legal and policy gaps in education at country level and resulting challenges
  4. Making recommendations for the full alignment of national constitutions, legislation , singular and policies with international standards and provisions
  5. Providing insights on how to implement the recommendations in view of necessary reforms.


Resource Type: 
Policy and strategy materials
Toolkits and practical guides
Human rights / Human dignity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Primary education
Secondary education
Higher education
Lifelong learning
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Non-formal education


Human rights education; Right to education; Policy frameworks; Sustainable Development Goal 4; SDG 4