Early School Leaving in Numbers

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Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

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.

Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child indicates that « States Parties recognize the right of the child to education, and with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity. »

Education is a fundamental right of absolute importance that must be accessible to all.