Celebrating education on International Human Rights Day

On the 10th of December, every year, the world celebrates the international day of human rights, upon the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, of which the right to education1 is a cornerstone.

Nevertheless, the right to education and the importance of ensuring inclusive access to quality education still faces a myriad of challenges. The ETF, which operates under the remit of the EU’s external relations, upholds human rights within all its activities. In support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework2. the ETF supports the reform of education, training and employment systems in the EU’s neighbouring regions through the provision of policy advice, support for stakeholder engagement, targeted country interventions, and the development of networks for exchanging expertise.

The ETF’s work is informed by the European Pillar of Social Rights which includes 20 principles as a guide towards fair and inclusive societies, the first of which concerns the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning in order to maintain and acquire skills to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market, as laid out in the European Skills Agenda.

For a closer look into ETF's activities #LearningConnects, see here: LearningConnects | ETF (

(1) Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

(2) SDG4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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