Mobile Services: Access to Education,
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One of the myths attached to nomadic peoples is that they exist in isolation from the rest of the world. While in general it is true that nomadic peoples often live in remote places, they nonetheless do not live in isolation from the outside world. The existence of nomadic peoples usually hinges on a high level of connections with the outside world to exchange goods but also to access essential services. Nomadism usually implies a specialisation as herders, hunter-gatherers, or service providers, which in the words of Khazanov means “more dependency” on the outside world.3 An important aspect of the interaction with and dependency on the outside world comes through access to public services. Broadly defi ned, public services refer to services provided for the benefi t of the community, such as education, medical care, and housing. While the delivery of public services is mainly guided by the political and economic agenda of each State, access to essential services such as health or educational facilities is also a human rights issue. The provision of essential services touches directly on some of the rights protected under human rights law. From this perspective, the delivery, the access, and the quality of these essential public services are part of the human rights agenda.