Date posted: August 12, 2015
Call for Papers
International Gandhi Jayanti Conference 2015
“Education as a Basic Right of Humankind”
on the Occasion of the International Day of Nonviolence
October 3-4, 2015 | New Delhi
Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Jamia Millia Islamia
(A Central University)
in association with
The Journalists and Writers, Dialogue Eurasia Platform Kyrgyzstan and Educational Endowment Trust
Concept Note: Education is at the heart of the core problems of a society, potential solutions for making a healthy society and for peace building as well. Education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace. Education has always played a very crucial role in forming the societies and training the individual throughout his existence. In spite of varied social dynamics found in many countries around the world, it is usually observed that the more education people have, the better off they are.
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, who still inspires the masses beyond the boundaries of colors and classes, believed that education acts as a catalyst in fostering peace and ensuring socio-economic development of the society as well. He considered education the panacea for all social evils. Gandhi once viewed: “Education means all-round drawing out of the best in child and man in body, mind, and spirit.”
Thus the right to education, like other human rights, is an inalienable and basic right in nature, for which every human being is equally entitled, regardless of one’s nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status.
Viewing the unique importance of education in nation building and for individual’s development, India stood out to amend its Constitution more than once to make education more inclusive and equally accessible to all its citizens. The nation imposed upon itself an obligation and accorded the status of fundamental right to education with the passage of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (or Right to Education Act) which came into effect on April 1, 2010.
Education as a basic human right is a sine qua non for the development of humans. It is an important claim because there is a responsibility to enable children to develop a set of capabilities to lead their own lives in a meaningful and fulfilling way. Ex President of UN Kofi Annan once expressed, “Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.”
Many existing international laws and UN documents have been ceated to promote and to protect this notion of education like the UDHR, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These documents have helped to establish viable legal mechanisms from which nation-states can and have implemented, supported, and assessed effective social structures necessary to provide for appropriate educational opportunities. UNESCO’s aim to construct XXI century as a learning society by promoting the MDG to achieve free universal basic primary public education for all by 2015 was both an important and a worthwhile objective. In the run-up to 2015, (post 2015 global development agenda) education has been put into GCE’s two urgent priorities.
Currently almost 70 million children of primary school age do not, or cannot, attend school – a staggering statistics that suggests that the establishment of a right to education is a high-priority claim in today’s world. Education plays a large role in achieving just societies because education can develop a child’s sense of self, sense of community, and sense of citizenship. While it is true that the provision of education is costly and multifaceted, a public institution of education needs to be in place to manage the kinds of educational opportunities that are available and to secure the kinds of resources that are necessary.
Objectives: The primary objective of this conference is to provide a platform for academics, researchers, educators, students, experts, and researchers in a collaborative environment to present and discuss issues relating to education and the prospects of its being considered as a basic right of humankind. The conference will become the platform for constructive dialogue on education and its different aspects along with furnishing a healthy forum to communicate and discuss research findings and new advances for making education more inclusive with the notion of a human right which is basic in nature and everyone is equally entitled to access it.
Venue: Conference Hall, FTK Center for Information Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Prof. Mohd Akhtar Siddiqui, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Jamia Millia Islamia (Chairman)
Prof. Shoeb Abdullah, Head, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Jamia Millia Islamia
Mr. B. Acikgoz, President, Indialogue Foundation
Mr. U. Bolushov, President, Dialogue Eurasia Platform Kyrgyzstan
Mr. S. Kucukzoroglu, Vice President, Educational Endowment Trust
Mr. N. Kaparov, Director Delhi Office, Indialogue Foundation
Prof. Shoeb Abdullah, Head, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Jamia Millia Islamia (Chairman)
Prof. Mohd Akhtar Siddiqui, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Jamia Millia Islamia
Prof. M.M. Verma, President, Interfaith Foundation India
Dr. Anil Dutta Mishra, Deputy Director, National Gandhi Museum and Library
Dr. M. D. Thomas, Director, Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies
Fr. Dr. Victor Edwin JS, Lecturer, Vidyajyothi College
Mr. A. Azizov, Indialogue Foundation
Mr. F. Thondiyil, Indialogue Foundation
Mr. M. A. Mufazzal, Indialogue Foundation
Source: Indialogue Foundation