Right to education
Education provides a means through which all people can become aware of their rights and responsibilities, which is an essential tool for achieving the goals of equality and peace
Post by on Thursday, September 9, 2021
As the saying goes: "Man of copper can be moulded into man of silver and man of silver can be moulded into man of gold.” It can be true with education only.
The right to education is a fundamental right of humans. Every individual, irrespective of caste, race, gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion or political preference, age or disability, is entitled to free elementary education.
Education must be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education also shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. Ensuring access to education is a precondition for full realization of the right to education. With out access and equal opportunities, it is not possible to guarantee the right to education.
Quality of education is the other side of coin. Providing access to schools secures only one part of the right to education. The basic aim of education is the development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedom. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among racial or religious groups.
The right to education does not limit education to the primary or basic education, or among children of a particular age. The right to education is also not an end to itself, but an important tool in improving the quality of life. Education is the key to economic development and the realization of many other human rights.
Education provides a means through which all people can become aware of their rights and responsibilities, which is an essential tool for achieving the goals of equality and peace. There are number of problems that cannot be solved unless the right to education is addressed.
(Author is Student and Social Activist)