The Right to Education for Humanity

(2016) 67(4) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 409-432

24 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2016

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Brice Dickson

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law

Conor McCormick

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law

Date Written: November 16, 2016

Abstract

This article begins by briefly surveying relevant international human rights law concerning the right to education and critiques its failure to guarantee children an education which is free from parental and/or religious domination. It then makes a positive case for guaranteeing children the right to ‘education for humanity’, meaning an education which equips them to be citizens of the world rather than captives of a particular creed, view of history or community tradition. It argues that conflicts could be reduced if schools were to focus on conveying an understanding of a wide range of beliefs and cultures. The piece then tests this position by considering the current education system in Northern Ireland, looking at six dimensions to the ongoing influence of religion on that system. It makes some suggestions for reform and ends with a more general proposal for a guaranteed right to education for humanity worldwide.

Keywords: Education, International, Human, Rights, Law, Children, Northern, Ireland

Suggested Citation

Dickson, Brice and McCormick, Conor, The Right to Education for Humanity (November 16, 2016). (2016) 67(4) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 409-432. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2870750

Brice Dickson

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT7 1NN
Ireland
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Conor McCormick (Contact Author)

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

Belfast
United Kingdom

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