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Education is a human right

EDUCATION AS A HUMAN RIGHT

“Teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms” is the foundation of human rights education (HRE). The right to education is a fundamental human right. Every individual, irrespective of race, gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion or political preference, age or disability, is entitled to a free elementary education.

“Teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms” is the foundation of human rights education (HRE)
The right to education is a fundamental human right. Every individual, irrespective of race, gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion or political preference, age or disability, is entitled to a free elementary education.
The right to education ,including various aspects of free domo education and academic freedom, constitutes an essential part of contemporary human rights law. Although the right to education is generally considered to be a cultural right, it is also related to other human rights.’ Education is a pre condition for the exercise of human rights.

The enjoyment of many civil and political rights, such as freedom of information, expression, assembly and association ,the right to vote and to be elected or the right of equal access to public service depends on at least a minimum level of education ,including literacy. Similarly, many economic, social and cultural rights, such as the right to choose work ,to receive equal pay for equal work, the right to form trade unions, to take part in cultural life, to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and to receive higher education on the basis of capacity, can only be exercised in a meaning fulway after a minimum level of education has been achieved. Education aims at strengthening human rights.

Although the goals and objectives of education may vary according to the respective historical, political, cultural, religious or national context, there is a growing consensus under present inter national law that tolerance and respect of human rights shall be major characteristics of educated human beings. For instance, the 143 States Parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)2’agree that education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity, and shall strengthen the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

‘ Education is an important means of promoting human rights. Tolerance of, and respect for, human rights is not only an important goal of education ,but human rights education at all levels is also the most important means to create a universal human rights culture. In order to promote increased awareness of human rights and mutual tolerance ,the 171 governments participating in the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights ‘called on all States and institutions to include human rights human law, democracy and rule of law as subjects in the curricula of all learning institutions informal and non-formal settings’.

“The dissemination of information on the ethics and philosophical foundations of human rights, as well as of practical knowledge as to the protection of one’s human rights against under interference by the state, society and other human beings aimed at reducing the huge gap between theory and practice of human rights, is one of the major contemporary tasks for governments, educational facilities, non-governmental and inter governmental organizations.

HISTORY OF THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION: education can be defined both as a process and as a particular stage in that process. “In terms of a process we should distinguish between different act or who may derive different(sometimes competing)claims from their right to education: the one who provides education(the teacher, the owner of an educational institution, the parents),the one who receives education(the child, the pupil, the student)and the one who is legally responsible for the one who receives education(the parents, the legal guardians, society and the state).

With respect to the right to education we think primarily of the right of a child or young person to receive education provided by the state, but this right also implies a number of other bearers of rights and duties which may lead to complex legal relationships. History shows that education has always been characterized by to major concerns of culture sand peoples, namely to transmit to the young the technical skills necessary to master the tasks of daily life.

Education is an institution that typically is established through a collective social desire to have civil and supportive societies. And if one considers the social dynamic found in many countries around the world, there is the suggestion that usually the more education people have, the better off they can be. With this in mind, many societies traditionally view education (at least primary and secondary education) as a genuine public good that adults and educators provide for children until such time that they outgrow their childhood vulnerabilities and inexperience to become contributing members of society themselves

Defending every child’s right to education is one way to advance every child’s chance to get at least a minimal level of protection and support as that child develops. It is an inert claim, however, to state that a child has a right to education if there are no means for that child to realize this claim.
A basic education is important to ensure that all individuals are aware of their rights. Without an education it is less likely to get a good-paying job and decent housing, participate in the democratic process or value education for future generations. There is evidence that educated citizens care more about the environment, are more tolerant of others who are not like them, and are more likely to strive for gender equality.

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mamta singh

Dr. Mamta Singh

B.A | B.Ed | M.A | Persuing M.Ed
School Principal at Rahul Education, Queen Mary’s High School

FAQS

Education, training and information aimed at building a universal culture of human rights. A comprehensive education in human rights not only provides knowledge about human rights and the mechanisms that protect them, but also imparts the skills needed to promote, defend and apply human rights in daily life.

Education helps eradicate poverty and hunger, giving people the chance at better lives. This is one of the biggest reasons why parents strive to make their kids attend school as long as possible. It is also why nations work toward promoting easier access to education for both children and adults. Education helps to build character as you learn about different cultures, languages and how other people think as well as live. When you have an education you are able to fulfill the basic needs in life. You are taught to get dressed, learn self-care and practical life skills.

Education as a human right means: the right to education is legally guaranteed for all without any discrimination. States have the obligation to protect, respect, and fulfil the right to education. There are ways to hold states accountable for violations or deprivations of the right to education.

A good educational system is essential for shaping the future of society. It’s a fundamental part of our lives. Without education, no matter how big or small, people wouldn’t be able to grow and become the best versions of themselves. Education allows us to gain more information, which helps us make better personal and business decisions. It expands our world and allows us to develop and express our thoughts.

Education shapes society’s collective knowledge. When knowledge is shared and education is made more accessible, individuals are able to more effectively contribute to the well-being of their communities. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that, “The real safeguard of democracy… is education.” In this sense, education — both the knowledge it imparts and the confidence it instills — can help individuals develop their own thoughts, points of view, and critical eye.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” 

Education impacts the economy tremendously. By learning more and gaining more skills, you’re improving your career prospects. Theoretically, when you do well, you also increase your salary. Education also provides people with the knowledge needed to use the advanced technology that makes labor faster and more efficient. This, in exchange, positively impacts economic growth. Additionally, reports have shown that a well-educated workforce is often more productive, in part because they feel confident in their abilities.

Education is the key to move in the world, seek better jobs and ultimately succeed in life. Main purpose of education is to educate individuals within society, to prepare and qualify them for work in economy as well as to integrate people into society and teach them values and morals of society.

Education lessens the challenges you will face in life. The more knowledge you gain the more opportunities will open up to allow individuals to achieve better possibilities in career and personal growth. Education has played an important role in the career world of the twenty-first century.

Education is important to society because a person who is educated can develop his moral and ethical values in society. It helps us to spread knowledge in society through any mode. Education is known to everyone that a person with great knowledge is appreciated by all the persons in society.

It make us more confident to go out there and achieve things. Many governments across the world have recognized the importance of education as a tool to enhance progress and make the world a better place. Education helps us question, gives us an analytical mind and helps us reject superstitions.

Education can be used for the upliftment of society since it helps elevate the social and economic conditions in the marginalized sections of society. Education makes us better citizens by teaching us how to conduct ourselves through life by following rules and regulations and giving us a sense of conscience.

Human Rights Education is crucial because it is one of the keys to making governments and political leaders accountable. It also imparts and spreads out the human rights vocabulary and provides a critical approach towards human rights.

If human rights are violated in India, the largest democracy in the world will be in danger. For the sake of democracy and sustainable development in India, human rights education in India is essential because knowledge of human rights is the best defence against their violation.

Human rights are indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. This means that different human rights are intrinsically connected and cannot be viewed in isolation from each other. The enjoyment of one right depends on the enjoyment of many other rights and no one right is more important than the rest

Education through human rights also gives people a sense of responsibility for respecting and defending human rights as they learn about them, and empowers them through skill development to take appropriate action.

The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to education. They agree that education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity, and shall strengthen the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It is through proper education, an individual gets aware about his rights and duties. It has potential to inculcate and imbibe human rights values. No doubt education helps individuals to promote and protect their rights. If a person is educated, he/she is not vulnerable as far as his/her rights are concerned.

Education as a human right means: the right to education is legally guaranteed for all without any discrimination. States have the obligation to protect, respect, and fulfil the right to education. there are ways to hold states accountable for violations or deprivations of the right to education.

The right to education is established by two means – normative international instruments and political commitments by governments. A solid international framework of conventions and treaties exist to protect the right to education and States that sign up to them agree to respect, protect and fulfil this right.

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