Today is Weblog Action Day (#BAD13). Bloggers around the world are posting on the topic of Human Rights, which — believe it or not — is a very appropriate topic for the Frugal Dad post on AffordableSchoolsOnline. com. More than six decades ago, the United States, along with other UN member countries, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document makes clear that education is considered a right of everyone on the planet.
According to the UN, education is a right, like the right to have proper meals or a roof over your head. Write-up 26 of the 1948 Universal Announcement of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to education”. Schooling is not only a right but a passport to human development. It starts doors and expands opportunities and freedoms. It contributes to fostering serenity, democracy and economic growth in addition to improving health and reducing poverty. For this end, the United Nations began a good initiative to make the universal right to training more of a global reality. Coined Schooling for All (EFA), the ultimate goal of the program is sustainable development.
In the year 2000, the particular world’s governments adopted the six EFA goals and the eight Centuries Development Goals (MDGs), the two most important frameworks in the field of education. The education focal points of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are shaped by these objectives.
The two sets of goals are an ambitious roadmap for the global local community to follow. They offer a long-term eyesight of reduced poverty and craving for food, better health and education, sustainable life styles, strong partnerships and shared obligations.
The EFA objectives and MDGs are complementary: as Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, says: “When you fund education, you are securing progress towards all the Centuries Development Goals”.
Both sets of goals, as laid out by UNESCO are:
Education for All Goals
Goal 1: Expand earlier childhood care and education
Goal 2: Provide free and compulsory primary education for all
Goal 3: Promote learning and life skills for young people and adults
Goal 4: Enhance adult literacy
Goal 5: Achieve gender parity
Objective 6: Improve the quality of training
Millennium Development Goals
Goal one: Eradicate extreme poverty and craving for food
Goal 2: Achieve general primary education
Goal three or more: Promote gender equality and enable women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Objective 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Make sure environmental sustainability
Goal eight: Develop a global partnership for development
Clearly, many of these objectives have more bearing on the developing planet, but citizens in developed countries also have the same right to education as those in impoverished or underdeveloped countries — and for many of the same reasons. Yet, in the U. H., many K-12 schools are underfunded and lack the resources or even incentives to adequately prepare college students for college or higher education, that is becoming increasingly necessary to earn a livable wage.
In addition , the expenses of higher education continue to spiral out of control and the country’s archaic financial aid system is a boondoggle of red tape that more and more frequently is miring college students in inescapable debt and departing taxpayers to foot the expenses for defaulted loans or fraudulently-procured grants. The problem, I think is that within a country as relatively fortunate since the United States, we tend to take for granted many of our basic human rights and ignore that they do not occur organically. Instead, they need to be nurtured.
Clearly, with all of the policy recommendations from groups like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its sponsorees, as well as the recent soapbox declarations of Chief executive Obama, we are realizing as a country that we have failed to nurture our capability to access educational resources at all levels. When it comes to higher education, which is, of course , what this blog is about, the first steps nevertheless need to be made at the K-12 level. Students can’t succeed at university unless they arrive at school with the tools necessary to do so.
Next, students must be offered affordable choices for higher education. In the United States, as with developing nations, education is one of the most reliable routes out of poverty. We are faltering lower-income students if they can’t afford to go to school, graduate and gain a livable wage.
Finally, students from all income levels are graduating with far too much debt because the toxic combination of ridiculous tuition and pathetic educational funding options, which are left largely to the whims of lawmakers who are obtaining paid to grind the government to some halt, are creating an entire generation of college graduates who — despite jobs — can’t afford a house. Or a car. Or in some cases, groceries.
Education is a human right. In the United States, it’s practically a birthright. But it is also a right that has atrophied from lack of care and nurturing. Left in the hands of the greedy and the inept, it is a right that is being denied many of those who require it the most.