Reaffirming the right to education: Seventh Assembly of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE)
Held in Quito, Ecuador in mid-April this year, this regional assembly, under the slogan "Social struggles, human rights and education for strengthened democracies and active citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean", saw 89 representatives of national coalitions and regional networks discuss the challenges for the next two years, adopt the Charter of Quito and elect the new Executive Committee of CLADE.
89 delegates from 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean discussed the main issues associated with the protection and extension of the right to education.
The discussions focused on the persistence of privatisation policies in most of the countries of the region, the criminalisation of social movements and organisations fighting for the defence of public education and the repressive action by the military and police against teacher and student demonstrations.
The Charter of Quito reaffirms and summarises the demands of all members united under CLADE.
To read the complete coverage of the Seventh Assembly and see the full Charter of Quito: http://www.campanaderechoeducacion.org/clade2012