Dear ASPnet community,Dear National Coordinators,Dear teachers, students and parents,
Greetings to all at ASPnet for the last issue of our newsletter of 2020. It's been a year of unprecedented challenges, and I am very proud to say, of unprecedented solidarity, support and communication within ASPnet. It has been an exceptional and incredibly enriching experience 'encountering' each other in our various events, including our very successful global webinar in May, along with other webinars, and communications between us all. We have witnessed and benefited from many inspiring voices from students, teachers and parents during the events, but also, of course, in our newsletter. I want to sincerely thank you all for your solidarity, inspiration and sharing of experiences!
In this issue, we recognize the importance of the right to education and the work undertaken worldwide against discrimination, on the occasion of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Convention Against Discrimination in Education. In collaboration with our colleagues at UNESCO we have put together a rich package of relevant information on the Convention mixed with info boxes on different aspects of the right to education which can be used in school and at home to spark reflection and discussion. A very big thank you to Gwang-Chol Chang and his right to education team for the great support and advice in compiling this package.
And, as always, we bring you the most recent activities of UNESCO, relevant to you, including news from ASPnet, such as the recently held second Change Initiative webinar for Teacher Training Institutions. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, including the feedback you can see at the top of my message.
Speaking on behalf of the whole International Coordination Team, I want to thank you for your invaluable contributions over this past year, and wish you all a peaceful, healthy and restful end to 2020. We look forward to 'seeing' you all and continuing this great work next year.
PS Look out for a special heartfelt video message from a student saying NO to discrimination.
Stay safe. Stay CONNECTed!Julie Saito, ASPnet International Coordinator
"Knowing your rights is the first necessary step to make sure they are respected!"
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UNESCO's work against discrimination
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Convention against Discrimination in Education
Convention against Discrimination in Education celebrates its 60th anniversary from 10th to 14th December 2020. The Convention is the first international instrument, having binding force in international law which covers the right to education extensively. This Convention is also recognized as a cornerstone of the Education 2030 Agenda and represents a powerful tool to advance SDG 4. More info on the event
The anniversary is of great significance as the Convention remains as relevant as ever in overcoming barriers to fully realize the right to education. Covid-19 has only worsened the learning crisis faced by the world, exacerbating disparities leaving vulnerable students, already prone to discrimination, at higher risk of being left behind.
Sixty years after the adoption of the Convention, it is time to effectively put an end to all kinds of discrimination and ensure equality of opportunity in education in law and in fact. The worsening of pre-existing inequalities caused by the Covid-19 crisis urgent and crucial to build back better, by ensuring that education systems are rights-based, inclusive, non- discriminatory and resilient to disruptive events.
The Voice of ASPnetASPnet student describes the real effects of discrimination in education
Responding to a call to the network for testimonies on discrimination in education, secondary ASPnet student Tomás Casals Namura Borges Pinto from the ASPnet school "Escola Secundária Filipa de Vilhena" in Portugal describes how discrimination has severely affected the whole of his brother's education.
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Much more than you think! At UNESCO we are doing our best to ensure youth, children and parents fully understand what it entails. We also work with governments at the international level to make it respected and implemented, but YOU are yourself an important actor for the respect of your own rights. How can you make sure that they are respected? To understand more, here are links to answer these questions:
Education as a fundamental human right lies at the heart of UNESCO's mission and is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and many other international human rights instruments.
The right to education is one of the key principles underpinning the Education 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) adopted by the international community. SDG4 is rights-based and seeks to ensure the full enjoyment of the right to education as fundamental to achieving sustainable development.
Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of social, cultural and economic factors.
Education in itself is an empowering right and one of the most powerful tools by which economically and socially marginalized children and adults can lift themselves out of poverty and participate fully in society.
In order to do so there must exist
equality of opportunity and universal access.
Normative instruments of the United Nations and UNESCO lay down international
legal obligations which recognize and develop the right of every person to enjoy access to education of good quality. This
legal framework is considered of great importance by Member States and the international community in
implementing the right to education.
UNESCO supports States to establish solid
national legal and policy frameworks that create the foundation and conditions for the delivery and sustainability of quality education. In turn, governments must be held accountable to fulfil their
legal and political obligations to provide good quality education for all and to implement and monitor education
policies and strategies more effectively.
Explore UNESCO's Atlas of girls' and women's right to education:
Her Atlas. This new tool will help you explore countries around the world to see what legal protection is in place to ensure the right to education for girls and women, if any!
about what UNESCO is doing for the right to education of various groups?
Right to education for refugees, Right to education
for indigenous people, Right to education for persons with disabilities, Impact of climate displacement on the right to education, etc.
for the right to education to be a reality for all?
Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Convention against discrimination in education and spread the word: Say no to discrimination in education! - #RightToEducation campaign
What can I do to help advance the right to education? Articles includes actions that students and teachers can take at their level to ensure the full realization of the right to education without any discrimination.