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Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

Extract:

Article 25
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Article 26

(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.

1A) Reiterated at World Conference on Education for All, 1990

http://www.unesco.org/education/efa/ed_for_all/index.shtml

1B) Further reiterated at World Education Forum, 2000

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http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001211/121147e.pdf

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