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25 October 2016, New York – European Union Intervention at the United Nations 71st General Assembly: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Mr. Kishore Singh (SR)

Madame Chair,

We welcome the report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh and wish to thank him for his work.

We recognize the importance of education and learning as a continuum and not limited by age, but rather a life-long pursuit.

The right to education, including access to quality education in crisis environments, remains a priority for us.

In the report, you mention the development of a normative framework for lifelong learning. Could you give more specific examples of normative frameworks that operate well?

You note the opportunities offered by ICT to support lifelong learning. How can there be international cooperation to further develop Open Education Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? Can you elaborate on ways to avoid fraudulent or abusive practices?

Finally, you note the need for mobilizing financial resources. Can you speak of any best practices including involving the public private partnerships, in this regard?

Thank you.

  • Ref: EUUN16-154EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum: Third Committee - Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
  • Date: 25/10/2016

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