Edited By Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Janette Habashi and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen
13 Intersections of Education and Freedom of Religion Rights in the UNCRC and in Practice
Intersections of Education and Freedom of Religion Rights in the UNCRC and in Practice
The key to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the assumption that signatory nation-states are obligated to uphold children’s rights. The reason that this is an assumption is that not all signatory nation-states have implemented or even totally agreed on every article of the UNCRC. The UNCRC document delineates core rights that pertain to children’s life experiences, which encompass the foundation of children’s development and interactions with the adult world. As this volume has emphasized, one of the essential rights that implicitly enables a child to engage and develop is the right of education. The right of education within the UNCRC is not considered a luxury that is accessible to the few, but a right of all children. This impeccable concept entails the process and meaning of education to every child. To safeguard education as a fundamental right of every child is, one assumes, to ensure children’s welfare and development now and in the future. Indeed, the attainment of such a right is through the achievement of other rights entailed in the CRC.
The right of education is intertwined with other rights in the CRC and should be examined in light of this interdependence. However, for the purpose of this chapter, the focus is on the relationship between children’s right of education and right of freedom of thought...
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