Sunday, January 21, 2018

Education is a right*

A few days ago, a caller to one of our radio programmes made the startling pronouncement that education was “not a right, but a privilege.” I expected the host who, generally, has no compunction about telling a caller that he is talking nonsense, would do so in this case. Like Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, I waited in vain.
“The unkindest cut of all” was that this occurred just before Human Rights Day, December 10, a day on which we commemorate the anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and less than a month after November 19, when we marked the 28th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

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