Right to education campaign framework and elements
- Every child in the world should have access to a quality education. Education must be a critical part of any worldwide development agenda for creating just and democratic societies. The Millennium Development Goals and the Dakar Framework were vital roadmaps, but tens of millions of children remain out of school and mired in poverty.
- Teachers and unions play a vital role in quality education. Teachers and their unions are taking the lead in fighting for access and quality for all students and reclaiming education for the public benefit. They are calling for action on the three pillars of quality education: quality teaching, quality tools, and quality learning environments. Teachers are the most important educational resource for students and a critical determinant of educational quality, but their contributions are often not recognized adequately. Teachers must be treated as respected professionals and given the training and support they need. the experience of top-performing countries shows unions play a vital role in teacher professionalism and student success.
- Quality Education is a Basic Human Right! Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that “Everyone has the right to education,” all levels of education, including early childhood, primary, lower and upper secondary education, vocational education and training, higher and adult education. Quality education is not simply a public good. It is a basic human right. The Declaration recognises education’s transformative role and potential, when it asserts “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…the maintenance of peace”. These words matter. Our vision of quality education is not only defined in terms of learning outcomes, but also in terms of the full development of the individual and their contribution to society.