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Rights of children and youth:

SL highlights importance of education at UNHRC

Sri Lanka recently highlighted the importance of education in the promotion and protection of human rights of children and youth and the transformative power it entails, at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Education is also a fundamental human right that lies at the core of the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda.

Speaking at the 2019 Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council on October 1 in Geneva, which brought together government representatives, intergovernmental organisations, civil society and the academia, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez noted that all children and youth have an equal right to an education in a safe and secure setting, irrespective of their gender, family income levels, religion, ethnicity, or geographical location.

He said a hate-free atmosphere that inculcates in children and youth the value of inclusivity and diversity is a crucial element in education that helps build lasting peace and contributes to the strengthening of the social fabric.

He shared Sri Lanka’s experiences in providing education for all and its commitment to promoting and protecting the right to education for all its citizens as enshrined in Sri Lanka’s laws and regulations.

He added that to ensure the special education needs of children with disabilities, 714 schools provide special education through designated units in government schools for children with disabilities and a special scheme of university admissions for persons with disabilities also exists.


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