Right to Education


“Everyone has the right to education.  Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.” 
  Article 26 (1)

“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 nations, racial or religious groups...” Article 26 (2)

~ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), 1948.


Right to Education Fact Sheet
Learn about the right to education in the U.S.

Right to Education Quiz
Test your knowledge of education in the U.S. with our downloadable quiz.
Take Action on Education
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Lesson Plan: Barriers to Education within a U.S. High School
In this lesson, students will ask the question, is the right to an education extended to all U.S. students?  They will build an understanding of the barriers to education faced by their classmates.  Suitable for high school.
Lesson Plan: The People Behind the Statistics. Grades 8-12
This lesson aims to put a human face on violations of economic and social human rights in the U.S. by focusing on the issues of education, hunger, housing, and health. Suitable for high school.
Rights Sites News: Social Emotional Learning
Spring 2013 edition of The Advocates' human rights education newsletter that includes resources for teachers and parents on how they can promote their children’s social emotional development so they will grow up to promote and respect the human rights of themselves and others.

Rights Sites News: Service-Learning: Taking Action for Human Rights
Fall 2011 edition of The Advocates' human rights education newsletter packed full of ideas, resources, lesson plans, and tools on how to incorporate service-learning into the curriculum; take human rights education out of the classroom and into the community; and turn a student’s educational experience into an act of social justice.

R ights Sites News: Bullying and Human Rights
Fall 2010 edition of The Advocates' human rights education newsletter dedicated to helping teachers create bully-free classrooms where everyone feels safe, valued, and respected.