Significant comments were made by UNESCO and UNICEF on the statement co-signed by Arigatou International underlining the importance of child rights to education in the Post-2015 agenda.
The Special Envoy of the UNESCO for Basic and Higher Education, Sheika Moza Bint Nasser, stressed the fact that "education, dignity, justice, tolerance and equality were essential for human development". This comment supports what Arigatou International is promoting through its Ethics Education for Children initiative.
The Director-General of the UNESCO, Irina Bokova, emphasized that Human Rights and its values start with education, which is a human right in itself. She mentioned that 61 million of children are out of primary school which and prejudices their development. The Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Yoka Brandt, applauded the progress made on education, but deplored that children are left behind, because of armed conflict.
Several states joined the discussion underlining the the fact that education is a right and a tool to full implementation of other Human Rights. The link between education and extreme poverty was stressed by Brazil. Italy underlined that education is the way "for marginalized persons to participate in social life". Egypt stressed that the focus has so far been on the quantity of schools, pupils and the infrastructure of education and it has also to be on the quality of education.
The statement asking for the inclusion of the Child Rights seems to have an impact on the mainstreaming, at least for the Right to education.
The discussion was encouraging as a support for the Arigatou International initiative on ethics education since the Learning to Live Together manual developed jointly together with UNESCO and UNICEF provides tools and values helping children to build a better future. The educational program is currently used in many educational settings and also in conflict ridden areas.
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