Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 10

Today is Human Rights Day!  Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  In this Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which still lasts 67 years later, education is included as a human right:

Article 26.

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education 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.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

  Education is not a privilege set aside for a small percentage of humans: it is a universal human right, deserved by all.  It is time for us all to come together to actually give this right to every human being.  Happy Human Rights Day, and may we all remember the rights we have and strive to ensure that everyone is afforded the same protections and freedoms we are.

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