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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Some have argued that the traditional way we view the right to education is outdated.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 incorporate them into a world filled with technology. Effectively identifying where there may be issues and timely addressing any learning needs has never been more crucial.

One thing to note, as with all aspects of life, with rights come responsibilities. South Africa has 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 of teachers, parents, and students alike. It states that students are responsible for attending school regularly to learn and work hard; cooperate respectfully with teachers and fellow learners; and adhere to their school’s rules and the Code of Conduct.

Parents and caregivers are 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 an effort by the department to balance between rights and responsibilities, the two sides of the coin to academic success.

Along with its strategic partners, Edublox exists to support mainstream education, teachers, and home-schooling parents. 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. All four are essential pillars holding up the educational foundation of a student. These pillars make up the responsibility foundation 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 here and abroad, we have seen how the pandemic has nearly destroyed businesses, educational systems, governments and individual 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 pick up our part, the weight becomes much lighter, and we can carry society #forwardtogether.

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