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symbolic illustration of Article 28 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 28

I have the right to an education

Article 28 of the UNCRC says that children and young people have the right to education no matter who they are: regardless of race, gender or disability; if they’re in detention, or if they’re a refugee.

Children and young people have the right to both primary and secondary education and should be able to choose different subjects when in secondary school. This should include the option of technical and vocational training, so they shouldn’t have to focus on academic subjects if they don’t want to.

Education and the government

Governments should support children and young people in education. They should:

  • make efforts to reduce dropout rates from school
  • make sure teachers can’t use violence against children or young people
  • make sure teachers don’t publicly humiliate children or young people
  • make sure children or young people aren’t bullied by their teachers or classmates.