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symbolic illustration of Article 29 of the UNCRC.

UNCRC Article 29

I have the right to an education which develops my personality, respect for others’ rights and the environment

Article 29 of the UNCRC says that a child or young person’s education should help their mind, body and talents be the best they can. It should also build their respect for other people and the world around them. In particular, they should learn to respect:

  • their rights and the rights of others
  • their freedoms and the freedoms of others
  • their parents
  • the identity, language and values of countries— including their own.

Education should prepare children and young people for a responsible life in a free society. It should teach them how to live in an understanding and tolerant way that is non-violent and that respects the environment.


Article 29 of the UNCRC says children and young people have the right to be educated in a place other than state school, such as a private school or by their family. The government shouldn’t make it so the only places they can study are provided by the State.