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PANEL 5 Fostering Access to Education and Knowledge

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This chapter consists of three sections covering: (1) the right to education; (2) equal opportunities in education; and (3) UNESCO's past, present and future roles. The definition of the human right to education given in instruments such as Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), emphasizes two major aspects, namely, the content of the right and its purpose, or instrumental nature. Since the 1960 Convention against Discrimination in Education, the discrimination debate has gradually been enlarged both in the field of academic research and with regard to the practice and policy of international organizations, including human rights bodies and UNESCO. The last section identifies the historical continuity between UNESCO's past and present initiatives, and highlights its current efforts to promote greater openness in public science.

Keywords: Convention against Discrimination in Education; Education for All (EFA); ICESCR; UNESCO; Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR)



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