Honors English II
8 April 2014
Future of Evolution Tarnished by Lack of Education
The right to an education is an essential human right. Every individual, regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic, social origin, religion, political preference, age, or disability is entitled to a free elementary education. This right is clearly stated in the United Nations’ "Declaration of Human Rights." The key to the continuance of human evolution and for humans to reach their full capability is enabled by a viable education. Each and every person has a right to learn and have a basic education under all circumstances. Education allows people to become literate and understand the past, present, and future developments of their kind. Education may resemble a basic idea and right; however, this right is being infringed upon in several countries. People in those unfortunate countries, such as India, are not being granted with their basic twenty-sixth human right of an education. People are not being given the proper knowledge and information they need in order to live a successful life the best they can. This is a serious problem that has been occurring since the late 1930's and early 1940's during Nazi Germany. During that time period people that were Jewish, Communists, or were deemed "undesirable," were denied an education. Despite the twenty-sixth article's inclusion in the "Declaration of Human Rights," the lack of education and literacy is still very evident in countries such as India and has been denied in historical events like the ones mentioned in The Book Thief during the time of Nazi Germany.
Having an education can not only open up opportunities, but it can develop a larger threshold for a person to grasp new concepts put before them. It is true that the educated have a benefit to understand ideas and tasks much more easily and know more information that can allow them to express their feelings, purposes, and ideas. The twenty-sixth Article states that "Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit…" (United Nations UDHR). Education is extremely important and guaranteed access to education is a necessity for full realization of the right to education. Without access, it is not possible to guarantee the right to education. To have a superior quality “…Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms" (United Nations UDHR). The right to education is an important tool in improving the quality of life. Education is important to physical and mental development and the enjoyment of many other human rights. Education provides the ability for people to become aware of their rights and responsibilities, and this is an important tool for reaching the goals of equality and peace. A former United Nations Special Reporter, Katerina Tomasevski points out that "There is a large number of human rights problems, which cannot be solved unless the right to education is addressed as the key to unlock other human rights" (www.youthfor humanrights.org ). When people do not have the knowledge that is necessary, they can be oblivious to all the other rights that they naturally have. Also, some governments are not providing everyone with the education that they deserve. Some governments only provide schooling to people who have more money and the poor people either receive very weak and limited education or none at all. This problem can be fixed by more people supporting organizations like UNICEF who solely believe in helping children who live in poverty, receive basic necessities they need to live. They believe in educating children to make sure that...