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What does this mean?
It’s your right to go to school and get a good quality education for free.
The Government needs to make sure you get an education until you are 16 years old, or you have finished the first three years of secondary school.
Education should be balanced, it should help you learn subjects like Maths and English, but also help you develop other talents like music, sport and how to live peacefully with others.
EXAMPLE: The Government needs to make sure all schools are built well and that teachers help you learn.
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Do I have this right in Ireland?
- UNCRC, article 23 – it’s your right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this Convention, so that you can live a full life.
- UNCRC, article 28 – it’s your right to get a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
- UNCRC, article 29 – it’s your right that your education should help you use your talents and abilities. It should help you live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
- It’s your right to go to school for free.
- Your parents can home school you if they like, but the Government needs to make sure you get a minimum standard of education.
- It’s your right to have a Student Council in secondary schools in Ireland. This helps you have a say in how things are run in schools.
Find out more
- Cartoons for Children’s Rights – A short cartoon about children’s right to education, made for Unicef’s Cartoons for Children’s Rights initiative
- Know your rights – Find out more about your rights in education in Ireland
- Malala Yousafazai – Malala Yousafazai was 17 years old when she became the youngest ever person to win a Nobel Peace Prize in October 2014. She speaks a lot about the right to education. Listen to her Nobel prize speech