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The “right of the child to education” is recognised in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) articles 28 and 29. 

Article 28 sets out the duties of states regarding education, and article 29 describes the aims of education, which are further elaborated in the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment 1

The right to education is also recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 26, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights articles 13 and 14, in various ILO Conventions and in other international standards.  UNESCO has elaborated a Convention Against Discrimination in Education.  The achievement of universal primary education is the second of the UN Millennium Development Goals.