Notable Developments

Privatization of health and education excludes the poor

Oral Statement made by ISER to the 65th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 21 October 2019–10 November 2019, in Banjul, The Gambia.

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Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) Vs AG, Civil Suit No. 353 of 2016

ISER successfully petitioned the High Court seeking declarations to the effect that the government policy on public financing of secondary education in Uganda infringes on the rights to; equality and non – discrimination; and quality education as guaranteed under Articles 21; and 30 and 34(2) of the Constitution respectively. The court directed that; government must ensure equity for all children in the design and implementation of education programs; and that government should take its lead position in regulating private involvement in education to ensure adherence to minimum standards – in doing so, it should make good use of the Abidjan Principles on the human rights obligations of states to provide public education and regulate private involvement in education to offer the necessary guidance. 

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ISER & UNAD's Petition to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

ISER and Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) presented a petition to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah about access to education by the deaf children on 28th August 2018.


Ministry of Education and Sports Press Statement

Phasing out Universal Secondary Education in private schools

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Press Statement on School Standards

The initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) calls upon the government and or the ministry of Education to remain steadfast and ensure strict adherence to the set policies and guidelines on school standards and also ensure that all children affected by the implementation of the set standards are absorbed in other schools.


Civil society sue government over absence of sign language interpretation in access to health care

15 August 2017, KAMPALA – Today the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), an NGO committed to advancing social and economic rights in Uganda, together with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) converged on the Constitutional Court to call for an end to discrimination against people with hearing disabilities (hereinafter referred to as deaf) in Uganda’s health system.


Uganda's Ministry of Education maintains Bridge schools are operating illegally

Communication from the Ministry of Education and Sports to Parliament shows that Bridge International Academies are operating illegally and do not meet the Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards.


174 organisations worldwide call investors to cease support to American chain of schools Bridge International Academies

174 civil society organisations from around the world have today (1st August 2017), released a statement calling on investors to cease support for Bridge International Academies, a company running over 500 commercial private schools in the Global South with the support of international donors and investors.

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