Objectives of OIEC's representation in international institutions
- To make the voice heard of the millions of families who have chosen Catholic teaching, and thus to bear witness to Catholic sensibility where world educational thought is built.
- To make OIEC members aware of their global responsibility.
- To involve our members in the activities of human communion at work in international forums.
- To bring back to international bodies the unfiltered echoes of the reality on the ground in the field of education
The OIEC is represented by its transversal representation team (ETR)
The OIEC is officially represented in the following places
According to an agreement, OIDEL, the “twin sister” of the OIEC, currently represents the OIEC in Geneva. It focuses on legally defending the right to education and publishes studies on the state of private education around the world.
The representation team monitors and prepares the UPR (Universal Periodic Review) program, in conjunction with a platform of Christian NGOs, the CCIG.
In addition, the members of the transversal team follow closely the work of the Human Rights Council and the Special Rapporteur on Education. They are the source of oral or written statements and associate the signature of the OIEC with manifestos of other NGOs.
OIEC representatives participate in UNESCO programmes and in the activities of the General Conference of NGOs.
Mrs. Roseline Moreau of the ETR is a member of the Board of Directors of the CCIC, a platform of Christian-inspired NGOs.
The OIEC follows closely the work of the United Nations in New York.
Representatives of the OIEC …
- participate in the work of Council of Europe NGOs
- are in the CINGO platform, a platform of Christian-inspired NGOs.
- have excellent relations with the observer of the Holy See.
News of the OIEC representation
Oral interventions before the Human Rights Council
Some works of the ETR :
1) UNESCO launched a global initiative “Futures of Education” on 25 September 2019 that “aims to rethink education and shape the future.”
In this context, the OIEC has forwarded to its members a UNESCO survey on the challenges and objectives of Education for the coming decades.
Subsequently, the OIEC sent UNESCO among others a position paper developed in collaboration with GPENreformation:
CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AND THE FUTURES OF EDUCATION: A Contribution to UNESCO’s Futures of Education Commission – by the International Office of Catholic Education and the Global Pedagogical Network – Joining in Reformation : OIEC-GPENR contribution
(2) In preparation for the presentation of the report on technical cooperation and capacity-building efforts to protect the right to education, in particular for girls and children in disadvantaged situations to be presented by the Human Rights Council at its 47th session, the OIEC prepared and transmitted the following document:
Capacity Building for the Right to Education: The Global Catholic Education Project – Contribution to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Enhancement of technical cooperation and capacity-building in the field of human rights : Global catholic education project
(3) On 15 June 2020, during the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, the Report of the Special Rapporteur on education “Right to education: impact of the COVID–19 crisis on the right to education; concerns, challenges and opportunities” was published.
The OIEC took position in a statement.
UNESCO’s Futures of Education Commission has published on 10 November 2021 its report “Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education.” The members of the International Commission consider Education in terms of a social contract – an implicit agreement among members of a society to cooperate for shared benefit. Challenges to deal with include climate change, threats to democracies, the digital revolution, and more.
To download the report please click here : https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379707
The contribution from OIEC and GPENreformation for the report is here above.
UNESCO will soon publish its report on non-state actors in education. For the time being, it has put online a stakeholder consultation on the concept note of the future report, and in addition a call for expressions of interest to collect research results that could enrich the publication.
For more information: https://en.unesco.org/gem-report/non-state_actors