HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: A right to education? COVID-19 and the fault lines in the system
Thu, 2 December 2021 – 18:00- 20:00
Online (Zoom-Webinar + Livestream)
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Fundamental and Human Rights, the University of Vienna and the Austrian League for Human Rights cordially invite you to the Human Rights Talk A Right to Education? COVID-19 and the fault lines in the system on Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 6pm online (Zoom webinar + Livestream).
According to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all people should have the right to education. For Austria, as a member of the United Nations and a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR), at least basic education should be compulsory and free of charge, no child should be discriminated against, and guardians should have priority in choosing educational opportunities for their children. But what is the reality? Are pandemic school closures, distance learning and a perceived lost generation compatible with a right to education that is accessible, appropriate and adaptable for all? In times of a global pandemic, has the right to education become a privilege for a few? How far should, must and may the state intervene? And what do parents owe?
As part of the Human Rights Talk, we will discuss together with high-ranking experts what civil society and politics can derive from the experiences of the last two years for the future of education and how the education system can become more equitable. The audience is cordially invited to participate in the debate.
Patricia MUSSI-MAILER, Administrative Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Fundamental and Human Rights
Heinz FASSMANN, Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research of the Republic of Austria; Professor of Applied Geography, Spatial Research and Planning, University of Vienna
Gerald HÜTHER, neurobiologist, board member of the Academy for Potiential Development, non-fiction author (e.g. #EducationForFuture; What are we giving our children?)
- Paul KIMBERGER, Chairman of the Federal Executive Board, Union of Compulsory School Teachers
- Karin LUKAS, President; European Social Committee, Council of Europe; Program Line Manager, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Fundamental and Human Rights
- Susanna ÖLLINGER, Federal School Spokesperson, Federal Pupils’ Representation Austria
- Christoph WIEDERKEHR, Deputy Mayor and Executive City Councillor for Education, Youth, Integration and Transparency of the City of Vienna
Moderation: Claudia UNTERWEGER, Journalist and Presenter, Radio FM4, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
Questions of the participants from the Zoom webinar
We look forward to welcoming you at the Human Rights Talk!
Due to the Austria-wide lockdown, we unfortunately have to cancel the on-site event. We look forward to welcoming you online.
To receive the participation link to the Zoom webinar, please register at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sun, Nov 28, 2021.
The program is available for download below.