Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty

Edited by Martha F. Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons

This important Research Handbook explores the nexus between human rights, poverty and inequality as a critical lens for understanding and addressing key challenges of the coming decades, including the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. The Research Handbook starts from the premise that poverty is not solely an issue of minimum income and explores the profound ways that deprivation and distributive inequality of power and capability relate to economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.
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Chapter 27: What is wrong with the privatization of education as anti-poverty policy from a human rights perspective?

Antonio Barboza-Vergara and Esteban Hoyos-Ceballos


This chapter explores the question of whether the international human rights legal framework demands a specific model of organization in the delivery of education. In other words, the chapter is aimed to fully understand if the public provision of private education as a policy to fight poverty barriers is compatible with the human rights framework. First, the chapter presents the different models of privatization of education and its relationship with neoliberal doctrine about anti poverty policies. Second, the chapter focuses on the human rights standards in education that deal with private provision of education and particularly State-funded private provision for people living in poverty._ Third, the chapter critically reviews the question of the compatibility of the private provision of education with a human rights framework. Finally, there is a conclusion with the research agenda ahead in the field of human rights, private education, and poverty.

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