The global education industry: Philanthropy, business and the changing roles of government

Aug 10 2016  13:00 - 15:30

The growing private sector involvement in education systems during the last decade, has contributed to changing the way education is governed, funded and provided. Policies involving education privatisation, including public-private partnerships, vouchers, charters and so-called ‘low-fee’ private schools are increasingly being promoted to expand educational access and improve learning outcomes through increased choice and competition. In parallel, new philantropists develop their own policy agendas within a ‘parapolitical sphere’, blurring the line between business and the public good. This poses fundamental questions about the future role of government and other traditional political agents. States around the world could be ceding the ability to design and steer their education systems. This has negative implications for teaching and learning specifically and for national education systems and democracy more broadly.

Angelo Gavrielatos, Education International
Prachi Srivastava, École de développement international et globalisation | University of Ottawa
Curtis Riep, University of Alberta
Antonio Olmedo , University of Roehampton
Mar Candela , Education International
Aug 10 2016  13:00 - 15:30
Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon DS (Local DS-1420)
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Montréal, QC, Canada
French, English
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Last Modified
20 June 2016
The global education industry: Philanthropy, business and the changing roles of government
Activity Lead Organization
Education International
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Angelo Gavrielatos
Programming theme
Human and Social Rights, Dignity and Fight against Inequalities
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