Koumbou Barry

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Koumbou Boly Barry is a Burkinabe politician and diplomat who was a Minister of Education and Literacy of Burkina Faso and currently serving as a Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on the right to education.[1][2]

Education and career[]

Barry holds a PhD in Economic History from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal. she is a visiting professor at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom; University of Louvain La Neuve, Belgium; and teaches at Ouagadougou University, Burkina Faso; Vitoria University, Brazil; and Fribourg University, Switzerland.

Barry is known for her strong advocacy on gender issues in education and consults for several governments and international organisations on the right to education.[3] She served in the cabinet of Burkina Faso as Minister of Education and Literacy of Burkina Faso before being appointed Special Rapporteur on the right to education to the United Nations. She took office on August 1, 2016, replacing in Kishore Singh.[4][5]


  1. ^ "A Letter from Bahrain's Top Students to Dr. Koumbou Boly, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education". Bahrain Mirror. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  2. ^ News, The Next Edition (2020-06-04). "SERAP Reports Buhari, NASS To UN Over Cuts In Health, UBE Budgets, N27bn For Renovation". The Next Edition. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  3. ^ Borlando, Victoria (16 October 2019). "A Preventive And Peaceful Force: Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry And The Right To Education".
  4. ^ AFP. "Qatar should ease school fees for migrant children, UN expert says". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  5. ^ Friday; December 2017, 1; Nations, 9:22 am Press Release: United. "UN Launches Mission to Assess Educational Progress in Yemen | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2021-07-15.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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