17 Article 7: The Role of Education in Combating Racial Discrimination
From: The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: A Commentary
- Ethnicity — Minorities — Race — Right to education — Human rights remedies
This chapter concerns the use of education in combating discrimination, as discussed in Article 7. The primary focus of Article 7 is on the aims and objectives to be pursued by ‘teaching, education, culture and information’, and the modalities for achieving them. In terms of the structure of ICERD, whereas the protection from discrimination in Article 5 encompasses ‘the right to education and training’ and ‘the right to equal participation in cultural activities’—reflecting broad-based rights recognized throughout a range of international human rights instruments—the obligations in Article 7 have a distinctive focus. The highlighted fields of activity and other relevant but unnamed ‘fields’ must be directed to combat prejudices which lead to racial discrimination, promoting understanding and tolerance, and propagating human rights, including the Convention. In this light, Article 7 makes its own contribution to world programmes for human rights education and similar initiatives.