World Federation of Teachers‘ Unions
The Word Federation of Teachers’ Unions FISE supports the amendment of the article 26 in the Declaration of Human Rights and the campaign “Extending Right to Education in UN Declaration of Human Rights.”.
Our position for the abolishment of the unequal access to Education demands first of all the successful repeal of the class inequalities in Education. It demands the characterisation of Education as a good and its removal from the OECD list, which turns Education into product and reinforces the competition and privatisation of Education. Public Education, free of all charges has to be secured now and for all children, in all the countries around the globe.
All school premises and sites have to follow the regulations for health and security. In addition to that, it is needed that the schools are reinforced with updated technical equipment, sufficient scientific and auxiliary personnel and generous funding. All these measures should be complemented with the correct ratio of students and pupils per teacher or professor.
It is now, that in all schools free meals should be offered to all pupils. More than ever, it is needed that the pupils and students don’t have to travel long distances from their homes to gain access to Education. And even in the cases where this isn’t possible, times demand that their transportation is safe and free of charge.
For the many pupils and students that have to go through distance learning, it has to be ensured that the instruments and equipment needed, are being offered to them without any financial discriminations. Requirements such as a fast internet connection and the computers or tablets needed for attendance in the schooling system or higher education should be provided by the state. And the same should apply for the power supply needed.
The eradication of poverty and unemployment is the necessary foundation of a truly equal access to Education, where all discrimination based on gender, race, religion or disabilities is abolished.