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Twenty sixth article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Route to Human RightsArticle 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the right of everyone to education. It states that education shall be free of charge, at least at the primary and basic levels, and that primary education shall be compulsory. In addition, technical and vocational education shall be available and access to higher education shall be equal for all on the basis of merit. This article also emphasizes that education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to strengthening respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, to the promotion of understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and to support for the activities of the United Nations in the maintenance of peace.

The significance of Article 26 lies in its recognition of education as an essential human right that enables individuals to exercise all other rights. By guaranteeing access to free and compulsory primary education, it lays the foundation for equality of opportunity and social mobility, enabling everyone, regardless of their background, to develop their capacities and contribute fully to society. Moreover, by promoting education that fosters respect and understanding among different cultures and peoples, this article contributes to building more just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

The plaque with Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is located in Arzua, on the other side of the milestone marking 39 kilometers to Santiago. 

Images courtesy of ISHR

  • Address
    Arzua, Starting the street  Rua Cima Do Lugar, Arzua
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    26th article

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