[Text on screen]: Right to Education: Protocol 1, Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.

Education is vital to a child’s wellbeing. It helps set them up for life and achieve great things.

What does the Human Rights Act officially say?

“No person shall be denied the right to an education.”

But what exactly does it mean?

Basically, no one can be denied the right to an education. Protocol 1, Article 2 identifies these key areas:

-We must receive an effective and appropriate education
-We must be able to access educational institutions
-We must obtain an official recognition of our completed studies.

But there are some exceptions.

This right does not grant us the power to learn whatever, wherever, whenever we want. The law relates to education systems already in place.

Parents may have their philosophical convictions respected by schools, but it does not give them the absolute right to dictate what is taught.

Here are three key examples of what it does for us:

1. We have the right to access an effective education (Belgian Linguistic case, 1968)
2. Parents’ philosophical convictions must be respected. (Campbell and Cosans case, 1982)
3. Ensures suspensions and expulsions from school are fair. (Ali case, 2015)

Education is the cornerstone of a fair and just society.

Learn more about your rights at www.eachother.org.uk


The right to education explained in 2 minutes!

Published on 22 Feb 2022

This video is about Protocol 1, Article 2 of the HRA which is the right to education. This right ensures we have access to an effective education, and also means parents can have their philosophical beliefs respected throughout their child’s education.

This video is part of a wider series showcasing the protections the HRA provides us and why they are so important in our daily lives. We’ve also curated a week of written content surrounding the proposed reform of the HRA so that you can stay informed and up to date on the latest developments.

The Human Rights Act (HRA) is central to ensuring we can all live a safe and secure life. It sets out a range of principles that the government, and public bodies, must follow and uphold for all of us. If they fail to follow them, we have the ability to take our case to a UK court and, if our rights have been violated, we may be fairly compensated. The Human Rights Act has given us the ability to stand up to those in power.

But the Human Rights Act is under threat.

The government has announced plans to reform the HRA into a new British Bill of Rights, which lawyers and campaigners are concerned will shift more power in favour of the government, and weaken the protections we have available to us. We need to ensure that human rights are accessible and available for everyone, but we may risk losing those protections if the government’s reform comes into effect.

Want to learn more? Head on over to our spotlight page to read more about the proposals to the HRA.You can find more videos in this HRA series on our Youtube playlist.

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