The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, states as follows in Article 26:
(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.
Despite this universal acknowledgement that education is a basic, fundamental right, only 18% of children in the Sidama region of Ethiopia go to school. Not 18% of girls; nor 18% of children of secondary school age. 18% of children period. Obviously, the rights of the children who live in this area are clearly being violated.
It is for this reason that I am so PROUD of EOR’s partnership with Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children, a center in Shanto, Ethiopia, that provides school facilities (in addition to housing, food, and countless other amenities) to the children of that region. With your support, we have been able to fund a good portion of phase 1 of the construction of their new orphanage and school.
My dear friends Katie and Becky just returned from a trip to FOVC, and while I’m sure they’ll share their experiences here shortly, I wanted to post this picture of them in FOVC’s classroom, so you, our readers and donors, can see what YOU are doing to make a difference in the lives of these children.