13 January 2012

Education IS a Human Right!!!

This is the theme chosen for the 2012 Conference of UNAI Partner Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN), Friday 3 February at UN Headquarters.

The United Nations first articulated the right to education in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 28 stipulates that everyone has the right to a free and compulsory elementary education, with technical, professional and higher education “equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.” The purpose of education is to promote the “full development of the human personality” and to strengthen “respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

Yet worldwide today, it is estimated that 69 million children are not in school and approximately one adult in six is unable to read or write. Two out of three illiterate adults are women.

CTAUN's Conference will investigate the many causes of this disparity between the stated goals and the actualities of the human right to education for so many children and adults around the world. We will focus on how access to and quality of education, seen by some as two sides of the same coin, can steadily improve the educational experience for all learners.

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