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'Right to education': UNESCO's work to help out-of-school children


ASEAN is home to an estimated 3.3 million out-of-school children – those born with disabilities, the extremely poor, undocumented children and those living in remote areas.

As ASEAN moves toward greater integration, UNESCO Bangkok’s video “Reaching the Unreached” is a reminder of the great opportunity this brings to ensure that education is accessible for all, regardless of nationality or ethnicity. ASEAN countries can and must join together to ensure that the region’s most disadvantaged children are not left behind.

UNESCO’s work with out-of-school children and advocacy on their behalf resonates strongly not only with Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also Articles 28 and 29 of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, which recognize the right to education.

“You may not know them. You may not see them. You may not hear them. But you can help them – because they are the children of ASEAN.”



More on UNESCO’s work related to out-of-school children in Asia-Pacific:


'Enrolling out-of-school children in primary education could save Southeast Asia billions of dollars in near future,' study finds:

UNESCO, Microsoft, True Corp and Thailand’s Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education launch ICT education project to empower learners at Thai-Myanmar border