Back To School

According to Unicef, 100 million children are denied the right to attend school. Public school is a basic human right, and according to the Convention on the Rights of a Child, elementry school shall be free. The lack of education to these 100 million children is primarly due to poverty. School fees are often a third of the family’s income and that makes it difficult for the parents to send their children to school. When a child learns to read and write, their prospects for a future with good health and a job solidify.

More girls than boys are denied education; parents often see no reason to educate girls because they are soon to be married and will be a better help in the home, where they will fetch water, cook, and clean. They are not as valuable as boys because they are not expected to become breadwinners for the family. School is not just important to securing a better future for boys and girls alike; it also combats the risk of children being bought and sold on the human market. (Source/reference: Unicef)

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According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, every child has the inherent right to education.

Article 28 says:

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to education, and with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity, they shall, in particular:

(a) Make primary education compulsory and available free to all;

(b) Encourage the development of different forms of secondary education, including general and vocational education, make them available and accessible to every child, and take appropriate measures such as the introduction of free education and offering financial assistance in case of need;

(c) Make higher education accessible to all on the basis of capacity by every appropriate means;

(d) Make educational and vocational information and guidance available and accessible to all children;

(e) Take measures to encourage regular attendance at schools and the reduction of drop-out rates.

2. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that school discipline is administered in a manner consistent with the child’s human dignity and in conformity with the present Convention.

3. States Parties shall promote and encourage international cooperation in matters relating to education, in particular with a view to contributing to the elimination of ignorance and illiteracy throughout the world and facilitating access to scientific and technical knowledge and modern teaching methods. In this regard, particular account shall be taken of the needs of developing countries. (source/reference: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm )  

Lets us together fight poverty and make a change and fight for the right of every child!

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