Education Is a Right, Not a Privilege

October 16th is Blog Action Day where bloggers and writers across the world come together on a common platform to share their thoughts on one universal theme, ‘Human Rights’. Blog Action Day was founded in 2007 where bloggers discussed various themes such as climate, change, poverty, food and power of we.


As I searched ‘human rights’ in Google, I got about 1,140,000,000 results (0.22 seconds), this was amazing. Human Rights is a global term we hear and read often. Rights  are things we are allowed to be, to do or to have. We each 30 human rights, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created by the United Nations in 1948 to provide a global understanding of how to treat individuals.

Education is a fundamental human right (Article 26) and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty.

The right to education straddles civil and political rights, and economic, social and cultural rights. Core elements of the right to education, as specified in international treaties, include:

 •Entitlement to free and compulsory primary education.

•Availability of different forms of secondary education.

•Access to higher education on the basis of capacity and on non-discriminatory terms.

•Availability of accessible educational and vocational information.

•Measures developed by the State to ensure full participation in education.

•Availability of some form of basic education for those who may not have received or completed primary education.

•Protection and improvement of conditions for teachers.

•Respect for the right of parents/legal guardians to choose for their children schools other than those established and funded by the State, and to ensure the religious and moral education of their children conforms with their own convictions.

•Respect for academic freedom and institutional autonomy. This includes the freedom of, and accompanying obligations on, individuals to express opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of sanction, and to participate in professional or representative academic bodies.


Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist who has become a world champion of girls’ rights, says that education should be given top priority. Malala survived an assassination attempt for her determined efforts to defend girls’ education in Pakistan, after the Taliban outlawed schools for girls in her native Swat Valley. The human rights to education and gender equality were both violated by this action. Whenever and wherever a young girl is forbidden from going to school, it’s an attack against all girls, against the right to learn, the right to live life to the full; and it is unacceptable. There can be no equitable and just society without achieving gender equality, beginning with education. Education is a fundamental human right, without which capabilities for a decent life and effective participation in society are less likely to be developed.  The education should be meaningful right and it must be available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable. Every person shall be able to get the benefit from educational knowledge which is desire to get their basic learning knowledge.

Education is a process of self-expression. An individual expresses himself through education. These innate powers and potentialities are developed and drawn out through education. It is a means of adjustment of an individual with the society. It is a process by which he is brought into proper relationship with the ideas and Meals, customs and traditions of the society.

Learning is living. Learning is the modification of behaviour. Thus education is the process by which the knowledge, character and behaviour of an individual are formed and modified. One’s conduct and behaviour are changed and refined according to the desired standard of the society. This is the result of education.

We all are celebrating this day together, voicing our opinions for the general awareness of Human Rights at Write Tribe and Blog Action Day.


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One thought on “Education Is a Right, Not a Privilege

  • October 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Very well explained. Malala is definitely an ambassador for education of young girls in society.

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