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Advocating for a rights-based approach to higher education

17 November, 2022 hora: 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Although access to higher education has been increasing around the world, the right to higher education continues to be denied for many as a result of ongoing discrimination, systemic inequalities and unequal global distribution of power and resources. The right to higher education implies not only ​guaranteeing equitable access​ ​to higher education ​but also high-quality ​programs and support that enable all students, once enrolled, to reach their potential through and beyond higher education. How can we effectively campaign for fair access to higher education for all? How can students be empowered to stand up for their rights?

On World Access to Higher Education Day, the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) convened a group of expert panelists for an engaging multilingual discussion on how we can all advocate for the Right to higher education.


  • Elizabeth Bernal Gamboa, Academic Coordinator of the Association of Colombian Universities (ASCUN)
  • Mirriam Chiyaba, Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA)
  • Rosana Heringer, Board Member, Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE), Brazil
  • Jhasua Medina, Vice President of the Federation of University Students, University of Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Abdoulaye Salifou, Chief Education UNESCO Liaison Office Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Former Secretary of Addis Convention
  • Moderator: Emma Sabzalieva, Head of Research and Foresight, UNESCO IESALC

Day: November, 17th. Time: 17:15 – 18:45 (GMT)

Session available in English, Spanish, and International Sign.

More information: https://worldaccesshe.com/activities/wahed22conference/ 

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17 November, 2022
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
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