Education as a human right means: the right to education is legally guaranteed for all without any discrimination. states have the obligation to protect, respect, and fulfil the right to education.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not only state the right to access education, but also of the quality of education:

Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among racial or religious groups.

Therefore it is important to work both for increased access and quality.

Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits.

It is a powerful tool by which economically and socially marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty and participate fully as citizens.

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