Today I would like to share with you a video:
It is sad that today people in Iran are being denied many of their human rights, including education. I implore you to take action and assist the members of our human family by contacting your government representatives. For we are all citizens not just of our individual countries, but of the world, and united we can influence our governments in a positive manner to abide by universal principles of ethics and decency.
According to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (passed by the United Nations in 1948), Education is a basic human right. In case you don’t have that article memorized, I’ve included it below:
- (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.
Our divine educators have also emphasized the importance of education.
“Bend your minds and wills to the education of the peoples and kindreds of the earth, that haply the dissensions that divide it may, through the power of the Most Great Name, be blotted out from its face, and all mankind become the upholders of one Order, and the inhabitants of one City.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh
“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.” ~ Proverbs 23:12
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C. (The Buddha)
Or if you prefer, humorists:
Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog. ~Mark Twain