Education and LeisureERIKS Development Partner
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the starting point for ERIKS’ work on education
Education is key to combatting poverty, both at individual and structural level. ERIKS’ work includes promoting access to, and quality of, education through awareness raising, improvement of learning environments, support to families to send their children to school, capacity development of teachers and advocacy towards duty-bearers.
ERIKS seeks to contribute to the realisation of the right to education in different ways. In some cases, it calls for the target group’s own attitudes concerning education to change. Other times it is a matter of the state structure to make the necessary priorities and to not discriminate against any group of children.
In many societies girls, in comparison with boys, do not have equal opportunities to begin and pursue education. Girls often have to work hard and long hours in the household or out in the fields. Many times they are married off at a young age, missing out on their education.
Another kind of discrimination takes place when children with disabilities are denied of their rights to education or when the access to education for children from ethnic or religious minorities is being overlooked. For these particular groups, increased access to pre-school and education beyond primary level can be a strategic contribution to reduce marginalization.
- To strengthen the capacity of civil society to advocate at all levels on “Education for All” (non-discrimination).
- To promote opportunities for basic education in local communities while ensuring local ownership for this development.
- To promote opportunities for drop-outs and others to begin school and catch up.
- To increase the level of children’s participation in school.
- To promote better quality of education.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the starting point for ERIKS’ work on education. Articles 28-29 state that:
- Every child has the right to education.
- Primary education should be compulsory and available free to all.
- Measures should be taken to encourage regular attendance at schools and the reduction of drop-out rates.
- School discipline should be administered in a manner consistent with the child’s human dignity.
- The education of the child shall be directed to:
- the development of the child’s personality, talents and abilities.
- the preparation of the child for responsible life in a free society in the spirit of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality of sexes, and friendship among all peoples, ethnic, national and religious groups and persons of indigenous origin.
- the development of respect for the natural environment.