Education is a Human Right

Everyone has the right to education—which should be available free to all at least at the primary level. Education is also indispensable in realizing other human rights.

Education is a Human Right

Everyone has the right to education—which should be available free to all at least at the primary level. Education is also indispensable in realizing other human rights.

Across the world many children miss out on their education because:

  • they are made to work
  • they are recruited into armed forces
  • their families do not have the means to pay for schooling
  • discrimination and racism undermine their chance to receive an education
  • they face violence as they pursue their education

School fees and related costs are a common barrier to education. These charges - which may be called matriculation fees or examination costs - are a greater burden for children from poor families, and they disproportionately affect those who are racial and ethnic minorities, members of Indigenous communities and migrants.

Girls are more likely to be excluded from school than boys when there isn’t enough money to go round.

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