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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Realising the Right to a Basic Education in South Africa

South Africa’s Constitution places great emphasis on the inclusion of socio-economic rights, which among other things, seek to ensure that the fundamental needs of the people are meaningfully protected and advanced following generations of colonial and apartheid-era injustices and inequality. The realisation of these rights are necessary for the establishment of a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental rights.

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Realising the Right to a Basic Education in South Africa

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent research think-tank that focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies. This working paper has been undertaken as part of the Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool project conducted by SPII with the support of Ford Foundation, Foundation for Human Rights and in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

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