Glossary Term

Rights-based Approach to Education

A rights-based approach to education rests on the human rights principles of nondiscrimination and equality, accountability and transparency, participation, empowerment, and the right to education to guide and organize all aspects of learning, from policy to the classroom. Duty-bearers, such as parents, teachers, education authorities and politicians are bound to meet their obligations and support children (as rights holders to claim their rights). For example, they have to ensure that the education they provide does not discriminate and is open to scrutiny of others, allowing the active participation of learners and other stakeholders. Children and learners are entitled to know about their rights and the right to participate in all decisions that concern them, both directly and indirectly; children have a right to influence decision-making and achieve change. Teachers are key agents to transmit this knowledge to their students. (Refer to for more information).