Right to Education in Inclusive Settings

Right to Education in Inclusive Settings

The Open Society Foundations’ Education Support Program and Human Rights Initiative are soliciting proposals from organizations working to promote the right to education in inclusive settings.

We define inclusive education as an approach to education that recognizes all children as valued members of a community. We seek to address obstacles to children’s participation in education resulting from majority attitudes toward disability, race and ethnicity, minority or citizenship status, minority language and culture, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or social or economic disadvantage.

Eligibility Criteria

Proposals may be submitted by coalitions, networks and umbrella organizations, membership- or constituency-based organizations, and consortia of nongovernmental organizations. Single organizations focused on provision of service or advocacy on behalf of a specific population may also be considered, provided the applicant demonstrates significant community participation in the proposed project.

Eligible organizations include those working to promote the right to education or the rights of specific constituencies more broadly in eligible countries, including Disabled People’s Organizations, parents’ groups, minority rights groups, and professional associations, ideally with some understanding and experience preparing alternative reports to the UN system.

Ineligibility Criteria

Universities and think tanks are not eligible to apply under this call for proposals as leading partners within a consortium. However, universities, university departments, and think tanks may participate as partners under the leadership of another eligible civil society organization, and university faculty may serve as consultants or experts within a project proposed under this call.

Purpose and Priorities

The purpose of this call is to amplify the voice of civil society organizations engaging with treaty bodies reviewing the commitment of state parties to the right to education in 2016.

These treaty bodies include:

  • Committee of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Please see the complete request for proposals for more detailed guidelines. Proposals must be submitted by August 21, 2015.