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Education Rights Project

Contact Person: Brian Ramadiro & Stuart Wilson
City: Johannesburg
Country: South Africa
Postal Code: 2050
Phone Number: 011 717 3071 & 011 717 3071
General Information: Section 29 (1) (a) of the South African Constitution declares that “everyone has the right to basic education, including adult basic education”. There are no “ifs”, “buts” or “tomorrows” in this commitment. In theory, the government has a duty to deliver on this right without delay.

Acting on this duty is made all the more urgent by the widespread poverty and inequality in our education system. Many South Africans are still denied access to schools altogether because of prohibitive transport costs or high school fees. Those who do manage to get to school often find demoralised teachers, crumbling infrastructure and an insecure learning environment.

The Education Rights Project (ERP) was established in February 2002 as a joint initiative of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and the Education Policy Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand. The Project assists individuals and communities to assert and realise their right to basic education. The ERP campaigns on five major issues:

*School fees
*Farm schools
*Budgetary and infrastructure provisioning
*The prevention of sexual harassment in schools
*Adult basic education

In each of these areas, the ERP conducts research and provides legal education, advocacy and legal services to people who wish to widen access to and improve the quality of the education provided in their communities.

This website is intended to explain the ERP’s work. Teachers, parents, school governors and students will find information on important government policy and how it applies to them. They will also discover exactly how the ERP may be able to help them access the right to basic education. Academics will find research papers on education policy, human rights and school conditions. Government officials and civil society groups will be able to find out how we can work together to transform the South African education system.

If you are interested in the work we do, or you think that the ERP may be able to help you or your community, please contact us.
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