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Ambassador Azeez at Social Forum of Human Rights Council:

‘Quality education, key to achieving sustainable development goals’

Speaking at the 2019 Social Forum of the Human Rights Council on October 1 in Geneva, the delegation of Sri Lanka highlighted the importance of education, a fundamental human right that lies at the core of the 2030 Development Agenda, in the promotion and protection of human rights of children and youth and the transformative power it entails.

At the multi-stakeholder meeting, which brought together government representatives, intergovernmental organisations, civil societies, and the academia, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, highlighted that all children and youth have an equal right to education in a safe and secure setting, irrespective of gender, family income levels, religion, ethnicity, or geographical location—and that a hate-free atmosphere that inculcates in children and youth the value of inclusivity and diversity is crucial in education that helps build lasting peace and contributes to the strengthening of social fabric.

Empowering children and youth through access to quality education and ensuring that no child is left behind is key to achieving sustainable development goals, Ambassador Azeez said.

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

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

“Such measures have resulted in remarkable social indicators in Sri Lanka in recent years, such as high enrollment rates in education, reduction of school drop-outs, and universal primary education reaching 99.7 percent in 2014,” Ambassador Azeez reiterated.


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