“A Child without education is like a bird
without wings. “– Tibetan proverb
Education gives us a deeper knowledge of the world around us. It develops in us perspectives of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and hone our intrinsic abilities.
Every individual in this world is entitled to an education. The right to education has been recognized as a human right in a number of international conventions, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which recognizes the right to free, compulsory primary education for all, an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all, in particular by the progressive introduction of free secondary education, as well as an obligation to develop equitable access to higher education, ideally by the progressive introduction of free higher education. Today, almost 70 million children across the world are prevented from going to school each day.
The right to education also includes the responsibility of providing basic education to individuals who have not completed primary education from the school and college levels. In addition to this, the right to education encompasses the obligations of the state to avoid discrimination at all levels of the educational system, to set minimum standards of education and to improve the quality of education.
No child should be denied education. Various NGOs have been opened to provide free education to underprivileged children as they have minimum access to educational facilities due to poverty, lack of educational materials or cultural boundaries in case of female children. Pehchaan- The Street School is one such NGO, where children residing in slums are given educational opportunities.
Education is vital for both the individual and society. It allows for character building. Through education, one questions his or her way of seeing different elements of society and eliminates superstitions through reasoning. This is essential for the betterment of society.
Education is not only for the select few but for the whole. The underprivileged have the right to grow and achieve financial stability which education can provide them with in the long run. Several NGOs have been set up for the same and we must do all we can to support them by volunteering, donating, etc. A well functioning society is built through the support of all citizens.
By: Gauhar Parveen