April 16, 2004
Zambia says education is not a fundamental human right

This makes an agreeable change from the usual guff:

Education minister Andrew Mulenga yesterday insisted that education was not a fundamental human right according to the Zambian constitution.

The trouble – one of the troubles – with calling education a "fundamental human right" is that it then becomes the obligation of others to educate you, and you can just sit there with your arms folded and wait for it to just be poured into you. Calling it a human right undermines the notion that education might be something which is best achieved by being actively pursued rather than merely poured into a passively open mouth.

Good for the Zambian constitution.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:00 PM
Category: AfricaPolitics