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Education is central to children’s rights

When you are educated, you are likely to be more aware of your other rights and better able to make sure those rights are respected. You will be better equipped to influence what happens to you while you are young and when you are older.Education gives you choices – and the confidence to take advantage of those choices.What’s more, education is not just good for you as an individual. If you are educated, you can share what you have learned about staying healthy with your family. You can teach your friends about safety issues. You may even be able to convince someone of the value of an education for every child. All in all, you will be in a better position to be an active, participating member of your community.

If you go on to have children of your own, you will know how to make sure those children are safe, healthy and happy – not least by making sure they get an education too.In fact, your whole country, even the whole world, should benefit from your education! As educated children are better qualified to help bring positive change to their communities and nations.And don’t forget, education is a human right in itself, enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Not just for boys

Despite all this, around the world there are more than 115 million children of primary school age who are not in school. And what’s more, more than half of all children who are out of school – 61.6 million – are girls.This is a violation of rights. One of the guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is that all children should be treated equally and given the same opportunities to develop and grow.That’s why world leaders have made girls’ education a priority. And also why they have set a target in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for all girls to have equal access to primary and secondary education preferably by the year 2005, so that all children can complete a primary education.This section of Voices of Youth deals with children’s right to a good education, why this matters so much, and what’s being done to make this essential right a reality, whether you are a girl or a boy.

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