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The Protection of the Right to Education by Legal Instruments of the United Nations Specialised Agencies

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This chapter deals with the protection of the right to education by legal instruments adopted by the United Nations Specialised Agencies. The Specialised Agencies implicated are the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The discussion commence with some introductory remarks concerning UNESCO. The focus is on the mandate and organisational structure of UNESCO, the role of UNESCO in the context of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the setting of international educational standards by UNESCO and the monitoring of such standards by UNESCO. Primary consideration is given to the Convention against Discrimination in Education of 1960.

Keywords: International Labour Organisation (ILO); legal instruments; right to education; UNESCO; United Nations Specialised Agencies

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