The Role of Education in Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right

Pradeep Dhillon

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Education lies at the heart of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): 'Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms'. However, when education is mentioned in the philosophical literature on human rights, or even within the literature on educational policy, it is usually within the context of its being treated as a specific right-as education as a human right rather than human rights education. Taking rights and obligations to be intimately tied within a full human rights educational regime, I argue for the role of education in establishing and realizing freedom from poverty as a human right. The arguments for why this freedom should be considered a human right are compelling. I offer five educational moments in the human rights movement in general, and the arguments for freedom from poverty as a human right, more specifically, in my discussion of human rights education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Freedom from poverty as a human right
  • Human rights education
  • Negative and positive duties in human rights education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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