Deaf children have a right to a quality education, like all other children, in a language and environment that maximises their potential. In this video, in conjunction with a global conference in Sydney on equality for deaf people, Human Rights Watch shows some of the challenges faced by deaf children and young people, and the opportunities sign language education offers them.

In Mozambique, 14% of children between two and nine years old are disabled. They are often hidden away by their families – in effect rendered invisible – and are vulnerable to discrimination as well as an increased risk of violence. These children need greater support from their families and better access to education, which would enable them to attend school with their peers. But that can only happen if the necessary facilities, equipment and training are provided.

This video shows the difficulties children with disabilities face to access education as weel as great examples of inclusive education.

Attaining primary and secondary school education for girls in Liberia remains a major challenge. Girls aged below 10 years are pulled out of formal education, by traditionalists, and forced to take part in traditional female initiation ceremonies in informal settings locally known as bush schools. As a consequence, nearly half of women in Liberia are illiterate, according to United Nations statistics. However a programme supported by the United Nations Human rights office is engaging with some of the rural communities in Liberia to encourage them to allow girls to complete formal education. One county, the Grand Cape Mount has been successful in convincing traditionalists to stop pulling girls out of school, for initiation.

The government of Malawi should increase efforts to end widespread child and forced marriage, or risk worsening poverty, illiteracy, and preventable maternal deaths in the country.
According to government statistics, half of the girls in Malawi will be married by their 18th birthday, with some as young as age 9 or 10 being forced to marry. Malawi faces many economic challenges, but the rights of girls and women, including the right to education, should not be sacrificed as a result.






Around the world, armies and rebel groups are taking over schools and universities, turning safe places of learning into places of war. In classrooms, soldiers sleep and store weapons. In school offices, they detain and torture suspects. Playgrounds become training grounds. School grounds become battlegrounds.

This video is to accompany the End Military Use of Schools Campaign (EMUS) led by Human Rights Watch Student Task Force, Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division and Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.

Two decades after Apartheid was apolished, Some Children are More Equal than Others focuses on how the educational system in South Africa relates to the flagrant inequalities in the country and its still growing wealth-gap. In a nutshell, education in SA operates as a "Tale of two Systems." On the one hand there are 20 % of privileged people who send their children to a functioning schooling system. On the other hand, education is drastically failing 80 % of the children in South Africa. This self-perpetuating circle results in over 50 % youth-unemployment. The serious challenge of fixing the educational system is over-due and it is up to everyone to stand up for their right for basic education, a right enshrined in the constitution of South Africa.

Some Children are More Equal than Others is an independently produced one-man-film-project and was realized as a non-commercial documentary film. The human rights law firm "Legal Resources Centre" generously supported the filmmaker in order to raise awarness of the challenges faced in making South Africa a better place.

Ces derniers temps, l'école devient un enjeu économique et sa privatisation a de quoi soulever des questions. Ceci est une excellente vidéo résumant en 4 minutes le problème de la privatisation des systèmes éducatifs

David Archer, ActionAid, on the challenges of privatisation and the importance of greater public investment in education, through fair and just tax policies.

With Portuguese subtitles.

A film about the education system in Haiti from the citizens’ perspective.

In Haiti, around 50% of boys and girls of mandatory school age are not enrolled in school (UN, 2013). Public schools make up just 12% of the total number of existing schools, according to the most recent school census (2011). School infrastructure is poor; this is reflected in the fact that 76.8% of primary schools do not have electricity. Regarding the quality of education, 79% of primary school teachers have not received any kind of basic training.

Despite legal commitment to a number of international human rights treaties guaranteeing the right to education, Haiti is the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that does not have a General Education Act.

In January 2010, an earthquake killed 300 000 people and destroyed the homes of two-thirds of the population in the capital and nearby areas. For the education system, the impact was no less harmful. According to official data, 1234 schools were destroyed and a further 2504 schools were damaged.

Five years after the earthquake, the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) and the Reunification of Education for All (REPT), of Haiti, present the documentary Dignité: the human right to education in Haiti.

The film, in Creole and with subtitles in different languages, presents a group of testimonies from Haitians about education in their country. Students, teachers, directors and parents, experts, activists, government representatives and representatives from international organisations reflect upon the challenges and put forth proposals to build an education system that guarantees the right to education.

Una película sobre el sistema educativo en Haití desde la perspectiva de los ciudadanos.

En Haití, alrededor del 50% de los niños y niñas en edad de escolarización obligatoria no están matriculados en la escuela (ONU, 2013). Las escuelas públicas constituyen solo 12% del número total de escuelas existentes, de acuerdo con el más reciente censo escolar (2011). La infraestructura escolar es pobre; esto se refleja en el hecho de que 76,8% de las escuelas primarias no tienen electricidad. En cuanto a la calidad de la educación, 79% de los docentes de primaria no han recibido ningún tipo de formación básica.

A pesar del compromiso legal de una serie de tratados internacionales de derechos humanos que garantizan el derecho a la educación, Haití es el único país de América Latina y el Caribe que no tiene una Ley General de Educación.

En enero de 2010, un terremoto mató a 300 000 personas y destruyó las casas de dos tercios de la población en la capital y las zonas cercanas. Para el sistema de educación, el impacto no fue menos dañino. Según datos oficiales, 1234 escuelas fueron destruidas y otras 2504 escuelas resultaron dañadas.

Cinco años después del terremoto, la Campaña Latinoamericana por el Derecho a la Educación (CLADE) y la Reagrupación Educación Para Todas y Todos (REPT), in Haiti, presenta el documental Dignité: el derecho humano a la educación en Haití.

La película, en criollo y con subtítulos en diferentes idiomas, presenta un conjunto de testimonios de los haitianos sobre la educación en su país. Los estudiantes, maestros, directores y padres de familia, expertos, activistas, representantes del gobierno y representantes de organizaciones internacionales reflexionan sobre los retos y plantear propuestas para construir un sistema educativo que garantice el derecho a la educación.