Your lesson probably was boring; we don’t doubt it. However, you should look around and reflect on the fact that being here and now is a huge privilege.
School dropout rates in Italy, although in decline, remains high: people between 18 and 24 who leave school early are becoming fewer in Italy but are still high in comparison to the rest of Europe. We have arrived at a dropout rate of 14.7% in 2015, an improvement compared to 17.3% in 2012, but we are still far from the European average, which last year was 11% (source: : Il Sole 24 Ore).
The right to education is a fundamental human right. Quality education is crucial to the development of both a functioning society and the individual where it helps contribute to individual success and a productive future.
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. 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.
The evidence of the effectiveness of education is plenty. Educated women are more likely to have smaller and healthier families, their children are more likely to go to school and succeed in learning. Education ends generational cycles of poverty and disease and acts as a base for sustainable development. A high quality education helps girls and boys to adopt healthy lifestyles, how to protect themselves from HIV and how to play an active role in social, economic and political decisions during their transition to adolescence and adulthood.
Saturday the 10th of December will be the International Human Rights Day.
Live it knowingly!
If you care about Human Rights and want to better understand how we as medical students (and tomorrow’s doctors) can make them respected join SISM Milano. We await you with tons of new projects where you can contribute and learn to better understand the world around us. You can visit us Monday, December 12, at Statale for an unmissable event or contact us on facebook or email to learn more:
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Translated by Martin Plymoth.