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The right to education

Education is human right, a child's right.

As teachers, it is our challenge to ensure that in our classrooms and in our communities the rights of children to education are accorded the highest value.

To accomplish this, we can . . .

  • strive to improve our teaching practices and the learning that they foster in children.

  • create and share clear visions of the learning outcomes that we desire our children to achieve.

  • promote understanding of the central roles of the family and community in supporting children's education.

  • support equity in our classrooms and the right of girls to learn.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

In the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The United Nations has framed the rights of children to survival, development, protection, and participation. Children's education is framed within this context. For more information, and to see how children can learn about their rights, review excerpts from It's only right.

You can also find an overview of the relation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to education, and to UNICEF, in Implications of the CRC for education.

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