The Right to Education in East Africa: Lessons Learnt From Personal Experience in Education in Rwanda and Kenya in the 1970s-80s

  • Fidèle Mutwarasibo DILEAS/Open University (United Kingdom)
Keywords: Eastern Africa, Development, School, Education, Discrimination / África Oriental, Desenvolvimento, Escola, Educação, Discriminação


The UN Sustainable Development Goals and their predecessors – the Millennium Development Goals emphasise the importance of education in promoting development. By the same token, in many African countries, education is seen as a passport to success. In this article, the author will use the lens of his experiential learning to explore the alignment of the right to education and the actual practices in the delivery of education in East Africa. This will be complimented by reflections on his experience with education in Europe from the mid-1990s onwards.

Os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável da ONU, bem como os seus antecessores, os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento do Milénio, enfatizam a importância da educação na promoção do desenvolvimento. De modo similar, a educação é vista como um passaporte para o sucesso em muitos países africanos. Neste artigo, o autor usa a lente da aprendizagem pela experiência para explorar a coerência entre o direito à educação e as reais práticas de oferta da educação na África Oriental. Em complemento, o autor apresenta reflexões sobre a sua experiência com a educação na Europa a partir de meados da década de 1990 em diante.

Author Biography

Fidèle Mutwarasibo, DILEAS/Open University (United Kingdom)

Fidèle Mutwarasibo is a social entrepreneur and a public academic. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, Open University and a Member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. He is Founder and Principal Consultant at DILEAS Consulting, a consultancy service specialising in human rights, equality, immigration, integration, diversity, community development, community organising, research, advocacy and programme management. Fidèle is a firm believer in lifelong learning. He has qualifications in a variety of disciplines and has worked in a number of sectors, including education and development.