RESOLUTION HRC 121

FORUM: HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Promoting and Preserving Education for Disadvantaged Populations

SUBMITTED BY: Paraguay

CO-SUBMITTERS:Bolivia, Peru, Angola, China, Myanmar, UNICEF, Somalia, Singapore, Mali, Australia, Holy See, Guatemala, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Burkina Faso.

STATUSRejected

Noting with deep concern that the access to education, particularly, promoting and preserving education for disadvantaged populations is one of the essential goals of the United Nations (UN) and the Commission on Human Rights as A/RES/3/217 A, A/RES/2200, A/RES/71/177, and A/HRC/41/L.26 state, 

 

Reminds that providing free access to primary education for all children is obligatory for all Member States as article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in many pre-requests,

 

Fully aware that promoting and preserving education is an efficient way of solving the issue of access to education in disadvantaged populations as well as reminding the public of their rights in education,

 

Bearing in mind that provision of education for uneducated adults is a crucial issue which aims for individuals to enhance their technical and vocational skills, to further increase their productivity, to enrich their knowledge in order to accomplish a level of formal education, 

 

Noting that promoting and preserving education is essential to increase the education level and reduce illiteracy in disadvantaged populations, 

 

Reminding that promoting and preserving education will increase the literacy rate in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and decrease the unemployment rates by providing qualified education for low-skilled adults and the next generations,

 

Congratulates ongoing collaboration with the Amnesty International and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) considering their advocacy for the rights of education and access to education for disadvantaged groups,

 

Further congratulating the efforts of all international foundations and non-governmental organizations to provide learning opportunities that prepare children and adolescents with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive,

 

  1. Supports the idea of putting disadvantaged populations through certain tests to determine their hand skills and abilities within the framework of these criteria, for  determining the education and jobs that disadvantaged populations will undertake:
    1. by applying exams, to determine individuals’ education, in areas that are not suitable for establishing educational institutions
    2. the purpose of these tests is to provide the most efficient education for everyone since the tests will be applied to each age group in accordance with their level, regardless of any discrimination or distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion
    3. amputee citizens will not be forced to perform physically demanding jobs, and the tests they will pass will be subjected to different tests than non-amputated citizens, taking into account their situation such as but not limited to that:
      1. amputee citizens will be offered the opportunity to take the same tests and trials as non-amputees citizens in line with their own and personal wishes included in consents
      2. the tests they will take will be in the same goal and exactly the same  difficulty with different content with an understanding of their physical drawbacks;
  2. Invites all Member States to establish public institutions in order to provide and maintain the necessary education for old-aged vulnerable societies such as the low-skilled, mentally ill, homeless, and uneducated adults whose education requires special attention since low-skilled adults are susceptible to not being able to find a job or to only find low-paid jobs and care by:
    1. allocating private accommodation areas in state institutions where homeless adults will receive their education with the conditions, no housing fee will be charged to the homeless in education during their learning period
    2. establishing education departments in mental hospitals and asylums in order to provide the necessary education for mental patients who could not receive the education they deserve due to their situations and lack of opportunities rather than the other high-skilled and educated adults in terms of that:
      1. the education will be given to the patients by medical staff who had teacher training and will be supervised by officials who are directly appointed by the ministries of health of the countries with the possible support of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) which aim to promote and preserve education for disadvantaged groups
      2. the educational development of the patients will be monitored by the supervisors appointed by the health and education ministry of the countries and reported monthly if no improvement is observed in the majority of the patients, different ways such as changing the education paths or improving the education given to the patients will be used according to the shortages and needs of the ongoing education system
    3. establishing community education institutions in cities and villages where uneducated and low-skilled adults enhance their technical features, develop and upgrade their skills and enrich their knowledge in ways such as but not limited to:
      1. all institutions being located in the centers in order to provide effortless transportations and convenience for adults
      2. all individual receiving their education according to their abilities and talents detected by trials stated in clause 1 so that the later educated adults will be reintroduced and reintegrated into the society with their high-skills and education level; 
  3. Encourages every Less Economically Developed Country (LEDC) to raise awareness of their people, in order to realize the importance of education in disadvantaged populations, the benefits of promoting and preserving education, and also the significance of being conscious of their rights especially in education before protecting them by:
    1. organizing open public seminars without entry fees, to inform people about education problems and prompt them to demand their rights in education
    2. distributing brochures by volunteer foundation employees in most crowded areas of the cities to draw more attention to the significance of the issue and the urgent need to tackle it;
  4. Strongly suggests creating a monetary fund with the collaboration of International Development Association (IDA) and World Bank (WB) in order to provide the money needed to pay the expenses of the disadvantaged populations:
    1. the money given will be repaid in a time proportional to the size of the budget allocated to them by the Member States
    2. the money made available to the countries will be used only for the provision of education, and if anything else is found to the contrary, the offending country will be held responsible for all that will happen:
      1. the education provided will be regarding whatever education the disadvantaged population needs, which will be determined by the test and trials stated in Clause 2
      2. several types of sanctions can be imposed such as taking all the provided money back from the offending country;
  5. Strongly recommends identifying vulnerable populations including low-skilled adults who cannot benefit from the existing educational opportunities provided by the state to society, due to their ethnic background, and ensure that they receive the education they deserve, by:
    1. determining these people and forming sub-organizations affiliated to the provincial population directorates
    2. increasing the ethnic diversity in public school classrooms as much as possible in order for lessening prejudices against people from different ethnicities
    3. providing various community adaptation courses aimed at eliminating the possible prejudices and fears of peoples of different ethnicities towards intervening in society:
      1. community adaptation courses will be supervised by inspectors assigned by the United Nations (UN) with the intention of providing basic education
      2. in the event that activities other than the determined purpose are detected in the institutions, a fine will be paid to the UN, in case of a second determination, the institution where the activities are determined will be obliged to be closed;
  6. Solicits financial support for LEDCs established educational institutions in order to improve the quality of public education for low-skilled adults and children with previous legal agreement from the country’s government to use those funds for these specific uses such as:
    1. providing more training for teachers in order to prepare them for instruction in large classrooms with varying levels of prior educational instruction and differing ages while also having available the materials necessary for education including books, paper, and pencils
    2. establishing or developing pre existing public methods of transportation available for students to get to school safely and in a timely manner.