10 December: Human Rights Day
Today, 10 December, is Human Rights Day. This year it is also the 60th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education, the first international legally binding instrument covering the right to education extensively.
This landmark treaty encompasses States' obligations to ensure free and compulsory education, promotes equality of educational opportunity and prohibits any form of discrimination.
This year, more than ever before, the right to education needs our support! With the global pandemic, billions of children have de facto been denied quality education for short or longer periods of time. Online learning is particularly challenging for the most deprived. Girls are, once again, the primary victims of a limited or restricted access to education. While all discriminations are yet to be fully addressed, it is time to reaffirm our commitment to the right to education.
Throughout the Pandemic, the University of Portsmouth has been at the forefront of the education battle in supporting students nationally and internationally.
The Democratic Citizenship Theme has mobilised resources to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time, which directly relate to the right to education.Today, a number of our colleagues wish to express their support and endorse our objectives in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education.
Education is the key that will unlock the path to the solution to all of the problems that we face. All of us in the education sector have a duty to ensure that access to education is available to all.
Education is transformative. It gives people an opportunity to improve both their lives and society as a whole, which is why we must provide education to all.
The only route to substantive equality is through equal access to education for everyone.
As an Associate Professor in Global Childhood Studies and founder of the Mental Health in Childhood and Education Hub at the University of Portsmouth, I would like to express my solidarity and professional commitment to the right of inclusive and diverse Education for children from all communities in the world.
Full and meaningful participation in learning depends on a family's financial and intellectual resources, confidence, health and wellbeing. As humanity's best hope for redressing global inequalities, we must continue to fight for children's right to learning and create environments in which they are able to access confident futures.
Equality cannot exist if children are denied the basic right to equal, accessible and fair education. And equality must be built from the ground up -- it doesn't just start and end with education. As a Research Assistant and member of the Democratic Citizenship theme, I am proud to be working with colleagues who are fighting to guarantee basic human rights to children on a global scale.
Education is lighting the torch in one's life, every human being deserves to fully enjoy the light and heat from it. The equal right to learn is the goal we should make an unremitting effort to achieve, and we will strive for it.
I support the provision of high quality education that serves the needs of children, especially the most vulnerable like migrants, refugees, children born of war and those with disabilities.
There is no greater freedom than that of knowledge. Education is for all, at anytime and anywhere. I have become an academic to contribute to the realisation of the right to education as a mean to live one's life fully and freely.