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11 December 2014 | 10:52

The Right to Education : BICE International Conference in 2011

The right to education for children in situations of family and social breakdown. For its International Conference in 2011, BICE chose the theme of the right to education for children. In a context of intensified migration and a weakening of the family structure, where more and more children are excluded from the educational system, BICE invited institutions on the ground to hold in-depth discussions on the right to education for all.  

The BICE International Conference:

  • Reaffirming the right to education as a key imperative in a world undergoing profound change, where millions of children are being excluded from the educational system because of political conflict, international migrations, family breakdowns.
  • Defining concrete recommendations for national and international authorities, and for organisations working in the field.

The BICE Conference was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris

The conference took place on May 23rd at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris, with around 300 participants.

After the opening speeches by Mr TANG (Assistant Director-General for education at UNESCO), Mr ZIMERAY (French Ambassador for Human Rights), Mr CONTENT (President of the Apprentis d’Auteuil Foundation) and Mme MARIE-LANOE (President of BICE), presentations were given by the following experts, on new experiments to better address the educational needs of children in situations of family or social breakdown.

  • Madame Cristina COGGI, Professor of experimental education at the University of Turin, discussed the Phoenix project, which uses new technologies as an aid to resilience for children in difficulties.
  • Mr Lorenzo TEBAR, Psychologist, Doctor of Education drew attention to the pressing need for better teacher training, to avoid situations of failure ;
  • Madame Cristina CASTELLI, Professor of Education at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, presented the «Talent Factory», a proven method for helping youths in traumatic situations with the process of rebuilding their lives ;
  • Mr FERNANDEZ, Director of the Henry Dunant University College of Geneva
  • Mr SINGH, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, outlined the major prospects for development inherent in the exercise of the right to education.

The day ended with a speech by Mr DELEVOYE, President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, and Mediator of the French Republic, who concluded with a fundamental issue at the heart of this conference.

See the video of his speech

Part 1

Part 2