12 When Boys Are Pushed-Pulled out of School: Rights to Education in the Philippines
Bound by Convention and Poverty
When Boys Are Pushed-Pulled Out of School
Rights to Education in the Philippines
Leodinito Y. Cañete
In putting forward its international development agenda, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) acknowledges that education is a fundamental human right in the exercise of all other human rights because it promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Further, it recognizes that education is a powerful tool by which economically and socially marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty and participate fully as citizens. UNESCO also reports that millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty (UNESCO, n.d.).
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