Education is both a human right and a vital means of promoting peace and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms generally which must be made universally available and equally accessible to all. International human rights law guarantees the right to education.
The Universal Declaration on Human Rights, adopted in 1948, proclaims in its article 26: “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.”
Since then, the right to education has been widely recognised and developed by a number of international normative instruments elaborated by the United Nations, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education. It has been reaffirmed in other treaties covering specific groups (women and girls, persons with disabilities, migrants, refugees, indigenous people, etc) or contexts (education during armed conflicts).It has also been incorporated into various regional treaties and enshrined as a right in the vast majority of national constitutions. Despite the progress made in the decades that have passed since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed, armed conflicts and wars deprived millions of children around the world from their right to education.
From this perspective, the EduRights Foundation, launched in 2014, protects the right for education in armed conflict areas in particular to give young people a brighter future.
EduRights is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation. It is the leading voice in developing the full potential of everyone and in promoting individual and collective well-being. It is dedicated to strengthening links between European society and educational institutions on the one hand and local institutions concerned with the right of education in armed conflicts areas on the other hand to help design and deliver sustainable solutions to improve education globally.
The EduRights, Brussels-based foundation, is directed by an administrative council specialised in educational affairs and skills development.
EduRights works at:
1- Protecting children's right to education and knowledge.
2- Providing continuing education opportunities.
3- Strengthening links between European society and institutions.
4- Raising awareness about children's right to education in armed conflict areas.
EduRights' programmes & projects:
- Helping children access to education.
- Providing moral and psychological rehabilitation for students.
- Rehabilitating schools and educational institutions.
- Providing e-learning services.
- Developing & ensuring decent education quality.