24 April 2007, Issue No. 10 - Education as a Human Right
“Everyone has the right to education. ... Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.” - Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations General Assembly resolution 217 A (III), Article 26, 10 December 1948
Education as a Human Right: Join the 2007 Global Action Week to Support EFA
Education as a human right is the theme of this year’s Global Action Week (GAW), 23-29 April 2007. This annual initiative advocating Education for All is organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), with the support of partners from child rights activists to civil society, from teachers’ unions to international development organizations.
A basic education is each child's birthright, a right inherent to being human, and thus constitutes an end in itself. Education, however, is also a means to an end, required to ensure all people can live in a dignified manner and effectively participate in society. And it enables the exercise all the rights enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
2007 is a crucial year because it is the deadline midpoint for the EFA goals. It is an important moment for demanding more urgent action towards achieving education rights. Time is running out. Rather than being a distant ideal, these rights need to be converted into a reality now.
Two regions exchange information on early childhood development and girls’ education
Early this month, Aster Haregot, UNICEF Regional Education Adviser for Eastern and Southern Africa, participated in the annual UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Education Officers meeting in Cambodia and shared insights on lessons learned in early childhood development and girls’ education. Haregot identified opportunities for these two seemingly different regions to learn from one another. “This region may not have a problem in terms of enrolment,” notes Haregot, “but they probably have issues of empowerment, which is a universal issue.”
The Global Campaign for Education promotes education as a basic human right. The alliance mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfil their promises to provide basic education that is public, compulsory and free for all people.