THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION
Ddamulira & Sons Foundation right to education project aims to conduct education research and advocate for the promotion, protection and respect for the right to education.
According to 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report, 61 million children do not have access to basic education and 758 million adults in the world are illiterate because they have never got any education and Majority of these children and adults are from developing countries like Uganda. The right to education is a fundamental human right, every child, irrespective of race, gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion or political preference, age or disability, is entitled to a free quality education. Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. It is also a powerful tool by which economically and socially marginalized children, youth, women and men can lift themselves out of poverty and participate fully as citizens. Education especially that of girls and women saves lives, reduces inequality and transforms communities.
There is no dispute about the benefits of education. A child born to a literate mother is 50 per cent less likely to die before the age of five. Education transforms societies and challenges inequality and discrimination. Many children in Uganda who are affected by poverty and diseases like HIV/AIDS are working to help their families instead of going to school. We work to remove education barriers to help all children realize the full potential by enjoying their right to education. Majority of girls are denied quality education in Uganda and are at a risk of violence or child marriage.
According to Article 28 of the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child says that children and young people have the right to education no matter who they are, regardless of race, gender or disability; if they’re in detention, or if they’re a refugee. We work to ensure that government and other stakeholders support children and young people in education, make efforts to reduce dropout rates from school, make sure teachers can’t use violence against children or young people, make sure that teachers don’t publically humiliate children or young people, make sure children or young people aren’t bullied by their teachers or classmates.
We are committed to ensure that the government and other stakeholders recognize the right of the child to education and provide equal opportunity by making primary education compulsory and available free to all, develop different forms of education and make them available and accessible to every child, and take appropriate measures to provide quality free education and offering financial assistance to all those in need, Make higher education accessible to all on the basis of capacity by every appropriate means, Make educational and vocational information and guidance available and accessible to all children, take measures to encourage regular attendance at schools and the reduction of drop-out rates, take all appropriate measures to ensure that school discipline is administered in a manner consistent with the child’s human dignity and in conformity with the United Nations Convention on the Right of the child, promote and encourage international cooperation in matters relating to education.
In particular with a view to contributing to the elimination of ignorance and illiteracy throughout the country and facilitating access to scientific and technical knowledge and modern teaching methods to give all children an opportunity to enjoy their right to education and realize their full potential.