10th of December is Human Rights Day, when we celebrate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Education is a fundamental human right. Yet, 37 MILLION children are out of school due to the effects of conflict!
Every child in the world has the right to an education without fear of violence or attack. However, increasing numbers of children are faced with their schools being occupied – or even bombed – by military forces around the world.
The girl in the picture above is Elisabeth*. Since war broke out in Central African Republic, she’s already been through a lot. But education always gave her – and her family – hope for the future. But since fighters set up base near her school three years ago, she has not been able to learn. She dreamt of continuing her education and becoming a teacher. However, her dreams are at a halt as she is now working in the fields.
A growing number of countries (over 70 of them in fact) have agreed that children like Elisabeth deserve the chance to go to school and plan for a better future. However, some of the world’s most powerful countries still have not signed the Safe Schools Declaration. We need to tell them to protect education and end military use of schools by adding our voice to the Safe Schools petition.
Our words have power.
Our words could change the lives of girls like Elisabeth. Real change can occur when we unite our voices to protect education from attack. Join me signing the petition on Safe Schools Declaration to ensure that children’s hope are dreams are not destroyed and they are not denied an education due to conflict. Why? Because children should never pay for war with their future.