The Right to Education: Education as Empowerment
Article 26 of the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) states: “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Under international law, the human right to education holds governments responsible for providing primary education, for avoiding discrimination throughout educational systems, and ideally for developing equitable access to higher education. In practice, advocates stress the need to make education available, accessible, acceptable, and adaptable – across communities, cultural and socio-economic divides, ability levels, and more. From a human rights perspective, education is both a right in itself and a tool for advancing rights norms and promoting social justice.
Webster University’s 2018 Annual Human Rights Conference will center on the fundamental right to education, focusing on the immense potential of “Education as Empowerment” on October 10-11. This two-day event will explore topics such as human rights education (HRE), access to education for vulnerable and under-served populations, and educational opportunities for improving health, for promoting cultural survival, and for building communities. Sponsored by the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, this on-campus event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 10
Thursday, October 11
Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building, 160
8274 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63119