UN expert to assess official efforts to implement the right to education in Fiji

Education reforms and the education of vulnerable children are among the issues to be assessed in the Republic of Fiji by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, during his visit to the country from 7 to 15 December 2015.

“This mission will allow us to assess the efforts undertaken by Fiji to implement the right to education, the measures adopted for its successful realization, and the obstacles met both at the national and international level,” said Mr. Singh, announcing the first visit to the country by an independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council with promoting the right to education.

During his nine-day visit, the UN expert will also evaluate the recent reform programs adopted by the Fijian Government on education issues, with a view towards evaluating practical lessons relevant to small island states.

Mr. Singh, who visits the country at the invitation of the Government, will visit primary and secondary schools and public universities to meet with educators, academics, students and teachers’ representatives. He will also hold discussions with Government and civil society representatives, including NGOs.

Based on the information collected during the visit, the Special Rapporteur will present a report to the Human Rights Council in 2016.

A press conference will be held on 15 December 2015 at 10 AM at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva (584 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji). Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.