The French Government wishes to destroy parents’ right to educate their children.
Yet this is a fundamental freedom recognised by numerous international conventions that France has ratified.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union guarantees the freedom to found educational establishments and the right of parents to ensure the education and teaching of their children in conformity with their religious, philosophical and pedagogical convictions.
The 1st Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights requires the State, in the exercise of its functions in the field of education and teaching, to “respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.”
The Government’s Bill to improve the respect for the principles of the Republic is unacceptable. It respects neither the rights of parents nor those of children; it undermines their convictions, interests and freedoms.
While the quality of public teaching, the safety of pupils and staff and the general standard of French public schools are not properly ensured, the Government would like to destroy the family initiatives that remedy these shortcomings.
Under the pretext of combating separatism, the Government imposes ideological education and values without regard for families and in defiance of international law.
The ECLJ acts and will act with French and international institutions to defend the educational freedom of parents and for the preservation of the right to education in the family. Support our action by signing this petition; we will keep you informed of developments.
Food for thought: Read here our new Report on Homeschooling & Human Rights (in French only for now).