HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL South Africa needs a national education strategy to tackle the school dropout crisis School dropout rates have an impact on students, their families and communities, and on society as a whole. While everyone in South Africa is impacted by the phenomenon, everyone has the potential to be part of the solution. Education experts explored the strategies that can be employed to protect learners’ constitutionally guaranteed right to education at a panel discussion at the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival on Saturday, 19 March. Even before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa was facing a crisis in the form of school dropout, with around four out of 10 learners who started school in grade one dropping out before reaching matric. The phenomenon has become normalised in many communities, the shrinking of classes between grades 8 and 12 an accepted reality. This, said Rahima Essop, head of communications…

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UNGA Conference 2020

Gender Based Violence from the Human Rights Perspective

Contribution of Refugees & Migrants to South Africa 20 June: International Refugee Day Universal Right Association (URA) is a civil society organization dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights, the rule of law, democracy, peace and sustainable development prescribed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. URA focuses on creating awareness and advice solutions on social issues, injustices and human rights abuses which affects the daily life of people.  According to UNHCR and WHO at least 70.8 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 25.9 million refugees and more people are on the move now than ever before. (1) There are an estimated 1 billion migrants in the world today. (2) Only in 2018, 13.6 million people were newly displaced, either as refugees or internally displaced people. The number of refugees and migrants is on the rise every year and we have to pay more attention to this new fact…

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