Everyone has a right to quality education

Education is a universal human right. It is also one of the preconditions for long-term development. Still, there are 61 million children, 74 million young people and 796 million adults in the world who are never have had the opportunity to get an education. Besides this, the quality of the education many are offered is not a good enough and therefore too many do not learn what they should. Most of them live in the poorest countries in the world.

Quechua-børn, Sucre, Bolivia - Foto: Toke Nyborg.
Quechua-children in school, Sucre, Bolivia - Photo: Toke Nyborg.

There is a relationship between wealth and quality education. In the rich countries, the educational level is high. In poor countries scaring low. This has consequences for the development of poor countries. Poor education makes people less able to fight for their rights, move them self out of poverty and participate actively in the democratic development of their country.

For Oxfam IBIS, it is essential to look critically at the content and quality of the education offered in poor countries. It is far from all education that gives children, young people and adults useful knowledge, skills and insigth so that they may impact on their own lives.

Oxfam IBIS cooperate with, and support grassroots organisations around the world to demand quality education for all. And it is improving. The number of children and young people who go to school is rising steadily, but unfortunately, the not always quality and too many children, youth and adults in the world still can not read and write. The right to quality education requires political change and costs money. Money that many poor countries do not have and that the rich countries and donors have promised provide.

Oxfam IBIS is working to ensure that also the claim to a quality education is also afforded the most vulnerable and poor children, youth and adults. We have a special focus on girls, women, people in conflict zones, child labours, ethnic groups and other groups that are disadvantaged in countries Oxfam IBIS working in.