Girls in classroom in Mali

The right to education

Every human being has the right to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities

Education is a basic human right that works to raise men and women out of poverty, level inequalities and ensure sustainable development. But worldwide 258 million children and youth are still out of school for social, economic and cultural reasons. Education is one of the most powerful tools in lifting excluded children and adults out of poverty and is a stepping stone to other fundamental human rights. It is the most sustainable investment. The right to quality education is already firmly rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international legal instruments, the majority of which are the result of the work of UNESCO and the United Nations.   

Right to education campaign

Monitoring tools

Explore the status of the right to education worldwide
HerAtlas: Monitoring the right to education for girls and women
Observatory on the right to education

Resources

From rights to country-level action: results of the tenth consultation of Member States on the 1960 Convention and Recommendation
UNESCO
2022
UNESCO
0000380609
Right to education handbook
UNESCO
Right to Education Initiative
2019
UNESCO
0000366556
Guidelines to strengthen the right to education in national frameworks
UNESCO
2021
UNESCO
0000375352
Right to pre-primary education: a global study
UNESCO
2021
UNESCO
0000375332

Contact

For any information, please contact: righttoeducation@unesco.org