European Union Delegation to Singapore

HRC47 - EU Intervention: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education

Geneva, 24/06/2021 - 11:53, UNIQUE ID: 210624_11
Statements on behalf of the EU

Chairperson,

The European Union and its Member States thank the Special Rapporteur for her report. It highlights the interesting and useful perspective of education also as a cultural right and it reminds us how cultural diversity can be an asset in education systems.

Humankind is fortunately very diverse. And thanks inter alia to globalization, contemporary societies are growingly multicultural. Educational institutions need to be ready to take advantage of such diversity, for the benefit of all.

The EU and its Member States embrace human diversity. We continue working towards quality education systems which are fully inclusive, free from discrimination and violence, constitute seeds of mutual respect and understanding and which promote and take advantage of all cultural references or backgrounds. School curricula and activities should reflect and be adaptable to diversity.

Naturally, as noted in the report, cultural diversity can never be used as an excuse to undermine the universal human rights principles or to perpetuate discriminatory practices or violence.

Madam Special Rapporteur,

One year after your report on the impact of COVID-19 on the right to education, we would appreciate if you could provide us with a quick update on the main challenges, but also good stories, that you witnessed during this period in this regard. Thank you.

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