The Special Rapporteur decided to devote the report to the question of the right to education of persons in detention, a group subject to discrimination generally and to discrimination in the provision of education specifically.
Learning in prison through educational programmes is generally considered to have an impact on recidivism, reintegration and, more specifically, employment outcomes upon release. Education is however much more than a tool for change; it is an imperative in its own right. However, prisoners face significant educational challenges owing to a range of environmental, social, organizational and individual factors.
The Special Rapporteur aims to inform and assist Governments and interested parties in their efforts to address these factors and develop best practices so as to ensure the currently unfulfilled right to education for persons in detention.
The report includes chapters on children.
- The Impact of Parental Imprisonment on Children (March 2008)
Previous UN report items
- 05/05/2009: UN: Handbook on legislative reform: realising children's rights
- 05/05/2009: UN: Legislative Reform on Child Domestic Labour: A gender analysis
- 05/05/2009: UN: Global Perspectives on Consolidated Children’s Rights Statutes
- 05/05/2009: UN: Child marriage and the law
- 24/04/2009: ARMED CONFLICT: Annual Report to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict
Organisation Contact Details:
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education
Office of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights
1211 Geneva 10
Tel: +41 22 917 9000
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