I am a child, I have the right to Education

I am a child, I have the right to Education

« Every child we teach is a man we win. » Victor HUGO    

Education is very important for the child that is what article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates:

  • Article 28
  1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to education, and in particular, with a view to ensuring the exercise of this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunities:

(a) They make primary education compulsory and free for all;

b) They encourage the organization of different forms of secondary education, both general and vocational, make them open and accessible to all children, and take appropriate measures, such as the establishment of free education and the provision of providing financial assistance when needed;

(c) They ensure access to higher education for all, according to individual capacities, by all appropriate means;

d) They make educational and vocational information and guidance open and accessible to all children;

(e) They take measures to encourage regular school attendance and the reduction of dropout rates.

2. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that school discipline is applied in a manner compatible with the dignity of the child as a human being and in accordance with this Convention.

3. States Parties shall promote and encourage international cooperation in the field of education, with a view in particular to contributing to the eradication of ignorance and illiteracy in the world and to facilitating access to scientific and technical knowledge and to modern educational methods. In this regard, particular account shall be taken of the needs of developing countries.

Thanks to education, illiteracy is no longer flagrant. Education allows children to learn and prepare for their future. Could we have doctors, lawyers, judges, presidents without education? It is necessary that the child goes to school to avoid illiteracy and ignorance. Education is essential for everyone. This is what some presidents have understood by making school free so that many, especially those whose parents cannot afford, have access to education. School allows children to socialize from an early age. Without school, we are lost. Some students from the Marie Auxiliatrice (l’EPC) in Lomé, TOGO speak about their experience as school children:

 Bryan DAVI-DAKITCHE in CM2: « For me, school is the key to life because school not only teaches to write, read, count but you also learn the phenomena of everyday life. School is still the space where knowledge is imparted, but school does not end there. The student who attends school will not only receive knowledge but also learn to know the world and the difficulties of life. The school has a duty to develop the capacities of the pupils. « 

 Shalom DEDEY: “For me, school is the key to life and it teaches us a lot.»

 Merveille WOGOMEBOU: « For me, school is life, it is the path that guides us in daily life. Without school, one can’t do anything in life.  »                           

Sr Bernardine AGUENAHOUA, Principal of the Primary school of the Salesian Sisters in Lomé (TOGO)

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