Dr Ursula Kilkelly Religion and Education: A Children’s Rights Perspective

The aim of this paper is to examine the issues of religion and education from a children’s rights perspective. Despite its importance, talk of children’s rights in the education system and in schools is still greeted with some degree of scepticism. In addition, education is not always – if it is ever – viewed as a children’s rights issue and the international law which gives expression to the right to education has not had a children’s rights focus until very recently. At the same time, despite its recognition in numerous international treaties, education is not just an issue for children. It is a matter of social importance that ties in with a country’s need for an educated population and workforce. In that respect at least, it matters to all of us how education is organised with respect to religious freedom and more generally.

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