Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION:
You have the right to go to school. Primary schooling should be free. You should be able to learn a profession or continue your studies as far as you wish. At school, you should be able to develop all your talents and you should be taught to get along with others, whatever their race, religion or the country they come from. Your parents have the right to choose how and what you will be taught at school.
One of the most important human rights is the right to education. Education is essential to allowing us to fulfill our potential, and to learn about other peoples and to practice tolerance. A special part of the right to education is the right to learn about your human rights.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Decade of Human Rights Education