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Parental guidance, in the words of Brems, "has to recede as the child's capacities evolve". Taking that conception as the point of departure, this Chapter examines the state's role in guaranteeing children's rights (to education, freedom of religion or belief and equality), as well as parental rights, in the context of its obligation to provide education. Focusing on fundamental rights of teachers but also on their professional duties, this section scrutinizes the concrete ramifications of human rights law on the position of teachers. This chapter focused on children's, parental and teachers' rights (and duties), in the light of the state's overall obligation to provide for appropriate education. It has been emphasized that any form of compulsory religious education is contrary to international human rights law.

Keywords: children; education; human rights law; parental rights; religion; teachers



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