RTEI is a global index built out of the international right to education framework to track national progress towards its fulfillment. The Index consists of indicators explicitly derived from international human rights treaties and conventions, including:
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights,
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child,
- And many more.
RTEI monitors the extent to which governments are meeting their obligations around the right to education, seeking to answer such questions as:
- Is the right to education guaranteed by the constitution?
- Is there a policy for free education? Have school fees been abolished?
- Are there enough classrooms, textbooks, and trained teachers?
- Is corporal punishment illegal?
- Does the law protect pregnant girls from being expelled?
- Are schools meeting the needs of children with disabilities?
- Is education available in a child’s mother tongue?
- Are private schools subject to the same standards as public schools?
RTEI reveals key areas in need of improvement and can be used by citizens, civil society, researchers, and governments to explore issues more deeply and place efforts where they are needed most.
Ultimately, RTEI seeks to:
- Strengthen the expertise and capacity of civil society and education advocates.
- Increase public and political support for realizing the right to education.
- Hold governments and institutions accountable for their commitments to the right to education.
- And finally, uphold the right to education for every child and adult everywhere.
RTEI has the potential to revolutionize how citizens and governments monitor and uphold human rights. RTEI promises to drive public and political dialogues on the right to education and strengthen civil society campaigns, leading to more children around the world accessing quality education, reaching their fullest potentials, and breaking the cycle of poverty.