The digitalisation of education and its impact on the right to education

Date: 24 Jun 2022
Time: 12:00pm

Event Type: Webinar

24 June 2022, 12pm BST

NORRAG and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education which is hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are organising an online webinar on 24 June 2022 at 13:00-14:30 (CEST/Geneva). This event will explore how digitalisation is transforming education around the world and celebrates the United Nations Special Rapporteur’s 2022 report on the impact of the digitalisation of education on the right to education. The webinar will be conducted in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation.


About the webinar

Digitalisation is transforming education around the world, and the pace of change has been rapidly accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Digitalisation has profound impacts on the right to education, and for education systems, nations and communities globally.

This side event of the Human Rights Council, organised by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education and NORRAG, celebrates the launch of the Special Rapporteur’s report on the digitalisation of education and showcases the range of innovative perspectives surfaced during the Expert Consultations that NORRAG curated for the Special Rapporteur.

This online event will be chaired by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry. Dr. Boly Barry will provide an overview of her report to the Human Rights Council, “The impact of the digitalization of education on the right to education“. A multi-disciplinary panel will reflect on key themes in the report, including: the protection of children’s rights, forms of privatisation and their impact, the use of data and datafication, and “digital divides” and diversity. The event will conclude with an open discussion and Q&A between the audience and panellists.

To coincide with the event, NORRAG is publishing a multi-disciplinary collection, “Policy Insights: the Digitalisation of Education,” which shares learning from this partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur (hosted by the OHCHR), providing profound but digestible insights for education policy and practice.

Reflecting an ongoing collaboration between the Special Rapporteur and NORRAG, the event highlights under-represented perspectives on the impact of digitalisation on the right to education for all. NORRAG will also launch a new Policy insights, which provides new ideas for how international education policy can respond.