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Right to Education - What is it?


©Liba Taylor/ ActionAid
©Liba Taylor/ ActionAid
75 million children do not have access to basic education.

150 million children currently enrolled will drop out before completing primary education - at least two-thirds are girls and 2 of them could be on our picture right here!

776 million adults in the world are illiterate and never got an education.

The right to education means that all these people have been discriminated against and their rights have been violated.

The right to education means that these rights-holders can stand up and that something can be done.

The right to education means that governments and the international community can be held accountable.

Please explore the following pages more, for the main components of the rights to education:

Education and the 4 As

Defining the right to education

Primers on the right to education