International Network of Human Rights | Europe
Réseau International des Droits Humains | Europe
Red Internacional de Derechos Humanos | Europa

Right to education

Why should we guarantee education for all?

The right to education is a fundamental human right recognised by numerous international declarations and conventions to which most Latin American countries have subscribed or acceded. It plays an essential role in building human capital, breaking the cycle of poverty, promoting economic productivity and eliminating social disparities and inequalities.

Desempeña un papel esencial en la creación de capital humano, la ruptura del ciclo de la pobreza, el fomento de la productividad económica y la eliminación de las disparidades y desigualdades sociales.

Context in Latin America

Latin American countries are experiencing major socio-political challenges and instability, undermining public policies that guarantee quality education. It is in this region where the most marked inequalities have been identified and where education is a right that varies according to social class, gender and whether the person lives in the countryside or in the city. This right is also less accessible for vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples and persons of different gender. In addition, the COVID-19 crisis highlighted the shortcomings of digital education in terms of skills development, new teaching methods and access to IT tools for low-income institutions and students. Inclusion and access are thus the main criteria for the design of public policies that take sustainability into account, with a view to achieving education for all.

In the region, 2.3 million children do not attend primary school, and the situation is more critical at the secondary level, where 2.5 million children and adolescents do not attend lower secondary school and 7.2 million do not attend upper secondary school.

It is therefore essential that public services, with the help of CSOs, focus on implementing reforms that will enable children and adolescents living in isolated communities, from indigenous populations, exposed to violence and suffering from sexual and ethnic discrimination, to improve their chances of accessing education.

RIDHE priorities

  1. Improving access to quality education and equity in fragile and humanitarian contexts.
  2. Develop initiatives to reduce the exclusion of vulnerable groups from the education system.
  3. Improve language learning and technical skills development.
  4. Facilitate access to scholarships for students in precarious situations or victims of human rights violations.
  5. Design and implement a support platform for psychosocial counselling and assistance.
  6. Bridging the digital divide through digital literacy and access to new digital technologies.