Education is a Human Right

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I came to the United States was to have a better education.  In my country there are not a lot of opportunities to create accomplishments and find work.  I have good memories of my school in El Salvador because it was small like a family.   The education was good.  They taught me how to be a  good student and how to improve my self.  Our education always begins at home and in the community of family and friends.  Some people are lucky to have this and others do not.

Lessons learned from friends and teachers was that they always told me  in my country was to never let the negative let you down, because you can make it up.  If you work hard you can reach your goals.  Life is about saying yes to the things and the people that matter most.  I am thankful for my opportunities and the people who support me.  This gratitude motivates me in my work.  In El Salvador they have free public education.  Education is a human right no matter where you live in this world.

Everyone was able to go school and have the opportunities to have an education.  Some people with money would pay for private school but I never went to private school.  It depended on your income or choice what kind school you attended.   All my family went to the same school and It was a tradition that everyone in the family should go to the same school where they grow up as child. I am the younger brother of 2 but at least 7 or 8 of my family including my mom, dad and 3 uncles and 2 aunts all went to this school.

If  young people don’t want to school what they do they dropped out and they decide to work and help their family to be able to have money to have food.  This happened more often than it does in the United States because of the economy in El Salvador.

I couldn’t  find a photo of the school where I went as a child but if you can see there a is a picture of a school is like similar of the school where I  used to go.

In this video at 11:22 you will see me walking  with my Uncle when I was 12 years old.  This is a procession held in my hometown during Easter.  It is called the way of the cross or  Via Crucis.  It commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday for the salvation of all and it is a tradition within the Roman Catholic Church

In the United States  you can have a better life because the education is not the same as my country.  The teachers have more educational opportunities and they can pass along more skills to their students. For example when I started to go the school in the United States for the first time I was so  nervous because I never had classes with other students from different countries.

The value of having classmate in The United States from a variety of places is that you get to know each other as a students, and you learn new ideas from different points of view.  Education in this public way is necessary for a strong democracy and for a strong respect of human rights.  What I learned in the United States is that we have choices in public education that can best meet our needs as students.  I made the choice to leave my first high school in order to find a smaller environment where I could learn English and be supported in my next steps after graduation.

Park View high school was my first school in the United States

This was one of my first teachers in the United States

People go to school for a variety of reasons. The benefit of  going to school is that you can learn knowledge and skills that can help you in the future.  Knowledge helps a student make better decisions and skills help students in their relationships at work and home. Some of the employees don’t have education so they don’t know how to act by themselves.

education in life is important because  you will learn things that probably you will use in the future when you need to get  jobs.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/best-education

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/worst-schools-world/

http://www.right-to-education.org/page/understanding-education-right

https://www.humanrights.com/what-are-human-rights/brief-history/

The following organization sees the value of education as a cultural support of family Christian values and they supported me when I first arrived in the United States.  It is through organizations like this that all citizens can help protect human rights.

http://www.youthfortomorrow.org/

 

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  UDHR

(1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.