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Right to Education Indicators


Education is a right with corresponding obligations for duty-bearers. Compliance must be assessed and monitored with appropriate indicators. Traditional development indicators evaluate education as a basic human need to be checked against development goals; right to education indicators aim to measure the extent to which States fulfill their legal human rights obligations.


The Right to Education Project’s indicators are based directly on the norms and standards of international, regional and national law - indeed, this is what makes them uniquely human rights indicators and distinguishes them from other more traditional education indicators. Yet, they also build on the collective learning of the education community and the experience of practitioners. This double-sided approach builds a needed bridge between development and law.

This major research project focuses on mapping out, developing and applying a disaggregated list of indicators. Building consensus around them is crucial for monitoring progress on education rights, developing advocacy strategies, and guiding social mobilisation.

Please explore our indicators through the following links:

Visualising the indicators as a tree

The full indicator framework

Our interactive online forum

Reflections from our workshop on indicators

Cases and examples of testing and application

Resources on education indicators

Background to the Project's indicators

Constitutional guarantees and Comparative table on minimum ages for all countries