definitions have been adapted from those provided by the United Nations when
Abuse: Includes all forms of abuse:
emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, and mental.
Acceptability: The RTEI theme that speaks to the quality
of available education. This moves beyond learning outcomes to also capture the
cultural relevance and security of the educational environment as well as the
aims and content of education.
Accessibility: The RTEI theme that speaks to whether
available institutions are accessible to all students regardless of their
socio-economic, familial, or demographic status.
Accommodation: A support or service provided to help
an access the general education curriculum, providing students with an equal
opportunity to attain the same level of performance, and granting them the same
benefits and privileges experienced by others.
Adaptability: The RTEI theme that refers to Adaptability
speaks to the ability of education to be flexible in meeting the needs of a diverse
range of students.
Adult Literacy Rate: The percentage of individuals age 15
and over that are able to functionally read and write.
Alignment of Education Aims: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to how well the aims of education, outlined in the international right to
education framework, are included in the legal structure of a country and
incorporated into the national curriculum and teacher training.
Appropriately Trained: Teachers that have successfully
completed the prescribed standard training as outlined by the government.
Approved Budget: The approved financial amount
allocated to education by the appropriate executive and/or legislative
Availability: The RTEI theme that speaks to the
specific quantity of educational institutions available and the condition of
Basic Education: Also called fundamental education, is
education that equips the individual with the skills they need to be literate
member of society. It is often equated with primary education.
Capacity: Refers to individual capacity defined
as an individual’s capabilities, skills, and talents.
Capital Development: The expansion and improvement of
infrastructure. This may include school building construction, enhancement, or rehabilitation.
Child Labor: Work that deprives children of their
childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical
and mental development. This includes work that interferes with the child’s
opportunity for attending school.
Child Soldier: Any person under 18 years of age who
is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any
“Child’s personality, talent, and mental
and physical abilities”:
Speaks to the holistic development of the full potential of the child.
“Child’s responsibilities in a free
society…and friendship among all persons and groups”: Speaks to his or her socialization
and interaction with others.
Children with Disabilities: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the disaggregation of process and outcome indicators to evaluate education
equality by disability status.
Codes of Behavior: The set of rules established by
school leaders — including administration, teachers, and students — that
regulate appropriate behavior at school or while conducting school business.
Completion Rate: The total number of students in the
last grade of a given education level, minus the number of repeaters in that
grade, divided by the total number of children of official graduation age.
Compulsory Education: The education legally required in a
country. This often includes education to a certain age, level, or grade.
Internationally this generally includes primary and lower secondary education.
Content of Education: The RTEI transversal theme that
refers to the investment in learning materials and topics included in national
Corporal Punishment: Physical punishment that is intended
to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light, and non-physical
punishment that is cruel or degrading in nature.
Demobilised: An individual that was, but no longer
is, in service in the military.
Disability: Any physical, emotional or mental
restriction or lack of ability that limits a person’s movements, senses, or
Discrimination: Any distinction, exclusion or
restriction made on the basis of an individual’s beliefs, history, or other
demographic or personal characteristics.
Drop-out: A student that started but did not
complete a school cycle and is no longer enrolled in the school system. This is
sometimes referred to as a “school-leaver”.
Early Marriage: Also known as child marriage, is any
marriage in which one of the participants is under the age of 18.
Education: All systematic and deliberate
activities designed to meet the learning needs of a country.
Education Standards: The formally approved standards that
outline the basic content, structural, and performance requirements of schools.
Employment: Work in the formal sector in which
work is exchanged for a salary or wage.
Executed: The amount of money spent and
documented as expenditure.
Expelled: Someone that has been removed or
excluded from school. This can be specific to an individual school or encompass
a larger set of schools.
Expulsion: The removal or exclusion of an
individual from school. This can be specific to an individual school or
encompass a larger set of schools.
Foreign Aid: The financial, technical, and in-kind
support provided from one country to another.
Foreign Funding Sources: Bilateral and multilateral agreements
with other countries, multi-national organizations, international
non-governmental organizations, and international finance institutions that include
a provision for financial support.
GDP: Gross Domestic Product.
Girls’ education: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the laws and processes that specifically target girls and attempting to
evaluate education equality across sex.
Governance: The RTEI theme that refers to the
legal structure of education in a State. This includes State ratification of
international declarations or treaties, education financing, and education
standards and regulations.
Gross Enrollment Rate: The number of individuals in a given
level of school, regardless of age, relative to the total number of individuals
of the appropriate age to attend the given level of school.
Imprisoned: An individual held within a prison as
punishment for their crime.
Income Inequality: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the differences in student access and educational outcomes by socio-economic
Indigenous and Minority Populations: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the Educational equality concerns amongst potentially marginalized groups
(ethnic, racial, religious) in a country.
Internally Displaced Person: An individual that has been displaced
from their home due to coercion or force and remain within their country of
Mainstream: The standard educational track that
is expected of students in a given grade.
Migrant: An individual that has moved to
another country or region to better their
material or social conditions and improve the prospect for themselves or their
Military Recruitment: The act of requesting individuals to
join the military. This may include voluntary requests, in addition to,
coercion, or forced recruitment.
Minorities: A group numerically inferior to the
rest of the population of a State or in a non-dominant position, whose members
- being nationals of the State - possess ethnic, religious or linguistic
characteristics differing from those of the rest of the majority population or
the dominant group.
Mobile Schools: Schools that do not have a permanent
structure, making it easier to travel with the population they are serving.
These have also been called “tent schools” or “field schools”.
Monitoring: The tracking and verifying of
pre-selected, well-defined inputs, outputs and results on a systematic basis.
Monitoring and Accountability: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the laws and processes that provide oversight for the educational system of
Mother Tongue: The primary language a person grew up
speaking in childhood.
National Curriculum: The subjects and content used in
schools to aid nationwide uniformity of education quality. It is usually
legislated by the national government but may coordinate with state and
regional authorities for administration.
National Education Plan: The formal plan of education proposed
and adopted by the government of a country.
National Normative Framework: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the laws that guide the national education system.
Nomads: A group of people that do not have a
fixed place of residence. They travel place to place — often seasonally — for
fresh water, food, and pasture for livestock.
Potable Water: Water that is safe for humans to
Net Enrollment Rate: The number of individuals at the
appropriate age of a given school level actually enrolled at the given level of
Occupying Power: A state that has invaded another
country and holds effective control over their territory and institutions.
Opportunity and Indirect Costs: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the costs that price children out of education and the loss of potential
gains from education when children are out of school.
Outcome Indicators: Measure the results of structural and
process indicators in practice, addressing whether citizens are actually
enjoying the right to education.
Prison: A building in which individuals are
held as punishment for their crime or while awaiting trial.
Prisoners-of-war: Any combatant that falls into the
power of the adverse party.
Private Education: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the laws and processes that shape the use and availability of private
education in a country.
Private School: Any privately managed educational
institution. This may include for-profit, non-profit, religious, and NGO run
Process Indicators: Captures the efforts of the State,
addressing whether mechanisms have been put in place to aid in the realization
of the right to education.
Progressively Free: A country has, given their resources
available, taken steps toward providing free education at the specified level.
Publicly Available: The direct distribution of
information to the public, and/or indirect distribution to the public through
the media or posting on a website.
Public Expenditure per Pupil: The amount the government spends on
education institutions, administration, and subsidies for private entities per
school age individual.
Refugee: An individual that has moved outside
of their country of nationality to avoid persecution and is unable to return.
Regional Disparities: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the difference in the education system and learning outcomes based on
Regular Attendance: Daily attendance at school.
Religious and Moral Education: Schools that act as a tool to transmit knowledge and values
pertaining to religious trends, in an inclusive way, so that individuals
realize their being part of the same community and learn to create their own identity
in harmony with identities different from their own.
Training: The training that meets the standards laid out by the government to
become a certified teacher.
for the child’s parents…and other civilizations”: Speaks to
a child’s enhanced sense of identity and affiliation.
Camp/Center: A place that provides temporary housing for groups
School Curricula: The
curricula chosen by the school to address the national curriculum and meet
State Body: A
government board, committee, or commission or an appointed board, committee, or
commission that exercises the authority of the government.
oversimplified generalization of a person without consideration of individual
Indicators: Capture the domestic legal environment, addressing whether laws exist
on the books that comply with the international right to education framework.
Teachers: The RTEI transversal theme that refers
to the professional state and
requisite training of teachers in a country.
and Learning Materials: All materials designed to be used for teaching and
learning. This includes technology, organizational equipment, school supplies,
curriculum and curriculum support, and teaching resources.
Textbooks: Includes both traditional hard copies and electronic copies.
Toilets: Includes flush toilets, squat toilets, pit latrines, and composting toilets.
Education Budget: The amount of money the government allocates to
education institutions, administration, and subsidies at all levels of
Teacher: A teacher that has been appropriately trained.
Transversal Theme: Cross-cutting topics identified in the international human rights framework defined in RTEI, including girls' education, education for children with disabilities, regional disparities in education, education for indigenous and minority populations, private education, teachers, income inequality in education, content of education, monitoring and accountability, national normative framework, opportunity and indirect costs, alignment of education aims, and SDG4.
Fees: Any fees associated with the enrollment of an individual in a school.
This includes mandatory fees and the costs of books.
Youth Literacy Rate: The percentage of individuals age 15 to 24 that are able to functionally read and write.