The privatisation of education under the spotlight in the Caribbean

published 13 January 2020 updated 27 January 2020

On January 11-12 leaders of Education International member organisations in the Caribbean came together in Bridgetown, Barbados to develop a deeper understanding of Education International’s Global Response to the privatisation and commercialisation of education and to consider the situation across their region.

During the two-day meeting, leaders from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago shared their experience with commercialisation and privatisation trends in education in their countries.

The privatisation and commercialisation of education in the Caribbean will be mapped in a new research project, which will inform the development of national campaigns by member organisations of Education International. The research project will be a key element in helping to confront the threats posed by commercialisation and privatisation in education in the region.

"No part of the world is immune to the threat posed by commercialisation and privatisation,” said Angelo Gavrielatos, Global Response Project Director. “In the interests of our students, members, and quality education for all, the expansion of Education International's Global Response to the commercialisation and privatisation of education across the globe is a priority.”

Education International thanks the Canadian Teachers’ Federation for the solidarity and support (financial and logistical) which has made this possible.

Over the last four years, Education International’s Global Response has driven the fight against the growing privatisation and commercialisation of education with member organisations in every region of the world.