Right to education

Every child has right to education. Education as a basic right is clearly shown in Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) position as adopted by The United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

Article 26 of UDHR emphasizes that everyone has the right to education and that Education shall be free at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. It further states that Elementary education shall be compulsory and that Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality.

What is Quality Education?

“The goal of achieving universal primary education (UPE) has been on the international agenda since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirmed, in 1948, that elementary education was to be made freely and compulsorily available for all children in all nations. This objective was restated subsequently on many occasions, by international treaties and in United Nations conference declarations. Most of these declarations and commitments are silent about the quality of education to be provided” (UNESCO – EFA Global Report, 2005). The world has since been focusing on quantitative education rather than qualitative education as against the phrase “to be directed to the full development of the human personality”.

The key goal of education is the development of the individual child’s personality, talents and abilities, in recognition of the fact that every child has unique characteristics, interests, abilities, and learning needs. Thus, the curriculum must be of direct relevance to the child’s social, cultural, environmental and economic context…” processes that promote – or at least do not undermine – children’s rights.

This is the quality target of education. So, not just any education will do. Our education should not merely focus on offering diplomas, degrees and the various academic certificates but empower the children – empowering them with the right skills and knowledge to face life’s challenges effectively.

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This is the position of Nowchild Blog on the child of nowadays.