Rural and Remote
Education Inquiry Briefing Paper
The human right to education
This briefing paper
is a work in progress. It begins to summarise the human right to education
Every child has the
right to an education. This is guaranteed in article 28 of the Convention
on the Rights of the Child. But what about its content and quality? What
should be the aims of education? The Convention specifies these in article
29. The Committee on the Rights of the Child recently published a detailed
explanatory note - a General Comment - on this article. Every child has
a right to an education "designed to provide the child with life skills,
to strengthen the child's capacity to enjoy the full range of human rights
and to promote a culture which is infused by appropriate human rights
values". Education must be "child-centred, child-friendly and empowering".
here to view the General Comment in full.
updated 2 December 2001.