Millions of children never go to school or drop out early, leaving them illiterate and innumerate, condemned to a life of poverty and insecurity. Fighting for the right to education helps to give these children a chance.

Around the world, an estimated 855 million people, or one sixth of the world's population is illiterate.  Millions of children never go to school.  About 150 million, predominantly girls, are forced to drop out of school before they have achieved basic literacy and numeracy skills usually because their family is too poor to keep them in school.  Education has been enshrined as a fundamental human right, essential for human dignity, but it is widely denied around the world.  For many people, education remains a privilege rather than a right.  The poor are excluded because they cannot pay.  Yet without education, the poor will never escape poverty.

Guatemala: Rights or Privileges? Time to Decide
Guatemala is not a poor country, but its resources are not being used to ensure the realization of the right to education of the population, especially of Guatemala's indigenous peoples are concerned. Millions of Guatemalans receive little education and cannot read or write. This report examines the realization of the rights to health and education in Guatemala.
Afghanistan: Human Rights and Reconstruction
This report presents the views of Afghan people and international aid workers on the key challenges for the reconstruction efforts of Afghanisation, including concerns about the realization of the right to education in a context where twenty years of successive armed conflicts have left a ruined infrastructure and the displacement of millions of Afghans.
United States: Fighting for the Right to Education
In the United States, CESR has focused close to home, in efforts to improve educational standards in New York City public schools by bringing a human rights perspective to education issues. Click here for more information on CESR's work on these issues.