EDUCATION


EDUCATION




EDUCATION CAN PLAY A PREVENTATIVE ROLE


Schools can provide safe spaces for children to build friendships, play and learn. In addition, education empowers students by giving them a voice, and a safe space to communicate their feelings and concerns.




Education can play a preventative role. Human rights education enables people to recognize they are rights-holders and to respect the rights of others. Education for peace and responsible citizenship can likewise promote peace and tolerance for others. Conflict often arises when education has been misused, through for instance systematic discrimination, biased curricula or incitement to hatred, which contributes to increased tensions. There is evidence that this may be minimized through a focus on providing quality education, concerted efforts to teach human and shared values, and to use education as an active tool in peace building efforts.




Conflict often arises when education has been misused, through for instance systematic discrimination, biased curricula or incitement to hatred, which contributes to increased tensions. There is evidence that this may be minimized through a focus on providing quality education, concerted efforts to teach human and shared values, and to use education as an active tool in peace building efforts.




IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION IN EMERGENCY




Education is a human right and should be guaranteed and protected for all people, at all times. However, in emergencies states often encounter difficulties in guaranteeing and protecting people’s human rights particularly the rights of members of already marginalized groups, such as persons with disabilities. This may be due to loss of power and the lawlessness that ensues, the destruction of infrastructure or because of the redirection of resources. In any case, emergencies lead to an increased likelihood that the right to education will be violated. It is therefore important that international law and the international community act to minimize and ameliorate the harmful effects of emergency situations.