UNESCO - Right to Primary Education

‘Everyone has the right to education’ – according to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In the quest to achieve Education for All, states must prioritise free and compulsory primary education. It is a fundamental right that cannot be forfeited. It is a litmus test for the individual to assess his or her government’s commitments to fundamental rights, as well as those of the international community. The right to education is unique in that it empowers the individual to exercise other civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, attaining a life of dignity, while ensuring a brighter future for all, free from want and from fear.

Primary education must be inclusive and accessible to all, in law as well as in fact. No provider of public education may discriminate on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, language, religion, opinion, disability, or social and economic status.

UNESCO works to make primary education accessible for all, as well as to ensure full retention and completion, forming the grounds for a further promotion of children’s cognitive, creative and emotional development.

The UNESCO site on the Right to Education, deals extensively with these legal and normative aspects:
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