Legal Research: Legal Perspective on Educational Neglect


EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT:
Legal Perspective on the Right to Education

Author: Pan Mohamad Faiz
Subject: Human Right, Education and Juvenile Delinquency
Time: November 2006

“If we are to real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with the children”.
(Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948)

Education plays a key role in the development of an individual and a Nation. It is contribution to the growth to the human civilization is only next to mother’s lap. In a democratic society, fruits of democracy cannot be realized without the removal of ignorance of the people which stem to a large extent from illiteracy. This is besides the higher purpose which education in any organized and free society may strive to achieve.

Education is extremely important for human resource development and thus for social and economic development of the country. A right to education is well recognized human right because a human right is nothing but a basic right to which every human being should have. Right to education is co-related with human right in the sense that without education the life cannot be a dignified life and this is the basic notion of human right that a person should be a right to be a human.

John Stuart Mill, in his Principles of Political Economy and Liberty, argued that since education was necessary for the child to fit him to perform his part well in life, parents are obligated to provide food for its body. Education was necessary for the members of the community in general who are liable to suffer seriously from the consequences of ignorance and what of education in their fellow citizens. For Mill, education for the poor is essential for self improvement, social mobility and citizenship, reflecting his own egalitarian socialist and democratic philosophy. Because of that, gives a proper education to a child should be a double duty of the parents, towards the children themselves and towards the society as a whole.

Unfortunately, in a world full of social ills and societal needs, there is still a lot of children who didn’t get an adequate education. One of its causes comes from the situation of educational neglect, the phenomenon which is rarely got a big attention from global society. It is in this context that the research paper is to describe the problem of educational neglect with the legal perspective on the right to education. The briefly structures of this paper are:

EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT:
LEGAL PERSPECTIVE ON RIGHT TO EDUCATION

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER I: AN INTRODUCTION
1.1. Historical Background
1.2. Objectives
1.3. Research Methodology
1.4. Structure of Paper

CHAPTER II: EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT
2.1. Child Neglect
2.2. Forms of Neglect
2.3. Educational Neglect
2.3.1. Definition
2.3.2. Causes
2.3.3. Effects
2.3.4. Children Needs

CHAPTER III: LEGAL INSTRUMENTS ON RIGHT TO EDUCATION
3.1. Human Rights Obligations
3.2. International Treaties
3.3. Constitutional Guarantees
3.4. National Policy
3.4.1. India
3.4.2. Indonesia

CHAPTER IV: CONCLUSION AND SUGGESTION
4.1. Conclusions
4.2. Suggestions

BIBLIOGRAPHY
APPENDIX
Statistics in Brief of India
Statistics in Brief of Indonesia
Statistics in Brief of Ethiopia

Basically, this research comes from awareness and highly concern for education quality in my motherland, Indonesia, particularly for socialize the rights of education which has been clearly declared in various legal instruments, not only in international level but also in national level. Therefore, everyone who also have a same concern to develop their national education’s quality and want to have this legal research, including for everyone who only want to read it, please don’t hesitate to contact the writer by email: pm_faiz_kw@yahoo.com or just fill the comment in guest book that has been provided in this Blawg.

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