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WALK FOR THE RIGHT OF A CHILD TO EDUCATION

Children are the most important in any society for they are the leaders of tomorrow. Education is an

essential right which permits each child to receive instruction and to blossom socially. The right to an

education is vital for the economic, social and cultural development of our children.

Children who get education are equipped with what is necessary for development of their personality

and identity, as well as physical and intellectual capabilities. Education permits, notably, the

transmission of common principles to new generations, and the conservation and perpetuation of social

values.

Education has as its ultimate objective the improvement of a person’s quality of life. It offers to

underprivileged children a chance to escape from poverty. It is thus an essential tool for the economic,

social and cultural development of all children around the world.

Beyond the question of accessibility, the right to an education also supposes that the objectives of

learning will be attained. This means that all children have the right to benefit from a quality education

adapted to their needs.

There two main causes of lack of education:

1. Marginalization: in developing and developed countries alike, children do not have access to

basic education because of inequalities that originate in sex, health, and cultural identity ( ethnic

origin, language and religion). These children find themselves on the margins of the education

system and do not benefit from learning that is vital to their intellectual and social development.

2. Poverty: factors linked to poverty such as unemployment, illness and the illiteracy of parents,

multiply the risk of non-schooling. Undeniably, many children from disadvantaged backgrounds

are forced to abandon their education due to health problems related to malnutrition or in

order to work and provide support for the family.

It is therefore the responsibility of our country, through us individuals, corporate organizations and the

government to guarantee each child’s right to an education. We must focus our efforts on primary

instruction so as to make schools accessible and free for all children and thus enable them to learn to

read and write.

Thank you.

SPEECH DELIVERED BY ADESHINA A. AJAGUNNA,

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