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Description - Education Denied by Katarina Tomasevski

This unique contribution to global educational debate and policymaking aims to highlight the adverse impacts on children and young people of not having access to effective formal education. The author is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education. In reviewing the emerging commitment to universal education and the difficult history of trying to give effect to this commitment, particularly in the past half century, the author draws on three bodies of literature - on education specifically, on the development process generally, and on human rights. Her intention is to develop an approach which shifts the debate from sheer numbers of pupils, funding mechanisms and the recent preoccupation with market forces to a deeper discussion about what the right to education should really comprise, how governments and other institutions actually go about, or fail in, giving effect to it on a universal and non-discriminatory basis, and what happens to young people within the educational process itself. The book is an indispensable tour d'horizon of the history and problems encountered in the global quest for universal education. It also points up the discrimination and abuses of power this quest has involved and what needs now to be done.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842772515
ISBN-10: 1842772511
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Katarina Tomasevski

Katarina Tomasevski is Professor of International Law and International Relations at Lund University and External Lecturer at the Centre for African Studies of Copenhagen University. Educated at the University of Zagreb and Harvard Law School, her teaching experience spans all regions and includes professional training courses in human rights mainstreaming. She is currently Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. This role has involved conceptualizing the right to education, carrying out human rights missions to individual countries to assess problems and prospects, investigating alleged violations of the right to education, and promoting rights-based education at all levels (from the local to the global) of policy-making. Katarina Tomasevski has conducted major cross-national research projects, including on the fate of imprisoned children, the human rights dimensions of HIV/AIDS, and the application of international human rights safeguards for women in different regions and countries. She has published extensively in English and Spanish and her books have been translated into French, Japanese and Chinese. Her books include: Responding to Human Rights Violations 1946-1999 (Kluwer Law International, 2000) Between Sanctions and Elections (Pinter Publishers/Cassell, 1997) Foreigners in Prison (HEUNI, 1994) Human Rights in Population Policies (SIDA, 1994) Women & Human Rights (UN/NGLS and Zed Books, 1993).