Rights vs. Responsibilities in Education

For the past two months, we have been exploring the right to education, giving you tips and tricks, and arming you with information. In this constantly changing world, the right to education has never been more crucial. 

Some have argued that the traditional way we view the right to education is outdated. As technology evolves, basic numeracy and literacy may not be enough. The future belongs to those who can master these skills and then go on to incorporate that into a world filled with technology. Effectively identifying where there may be issues and addressing those learning needs early has never been more crucial.

One thing to note, as with all aspects of life; with rights come responsibilities. In South Africa, we have one of the most progressive constitutions in the world with the Right to Education playing an essential role. While our constitution may be widely recognised and admired few people know that the Department of Education has also introduced a “Bill of Responsibilities”.

The bill lays out the responsibilities not only for teachers but for parents and students alike. It states that students have the responsibility to attend school regularly, learn, and work hard. Parents and caregivers are tasked with the responsibility to ensure that children attend school and receive their support. Teachers on the other hand must promote and reflect the culture of learning and teaching in giving effect to this right. This Bill shows a clear effort by the department to strike the balance between rights and responsibilities; two sides of the same coin to academic success.

Edublox along with its strategic partners exist to support mainstream education, teachers and home-schooling parents.  As a private educational business, Edublox strives to create a successful learning environment through our values that support the balance between the four parties. Teachers, learners, parents and tutors are all essential pillars holding up the educational foundation of a student. These pillars make up the responsibility foundation that is needed for the right to education to be built on.

One thing that COVID has demonstrated over the last two years is the resilience of people. Both in South Africa and abroad we have seen how the pandemic has nearly destroyed businesses, educational systems, governments and individuals’ private lives. But somehow people keep getting up and moving forward. That commitment is the same spirit championed within the Bill of Responsibilities.  If each of us picks up our part, the weight becomes much lighter, and we can carry society #forwardtogether.

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