Is Education a Human Right?
(Why College should be accesible to everyone)
If you ask most people walking down the street and ask them if everyone has the right to an education, most likely most of them will answer “Yes”. All of us as human beings have the drive and desire to learn and grow be either through personal experiences or through a formal education process. One thing that should be noted though is that when you break down just who the “everyone” is that deserves an education, you’ll find out that poor and working immigrant (documented and undocumented) don’t always come up in that conversation. Immigrant Youth do have access to public education, but only until the 12th grade ,if they even make it that far. In fact a large number of our youth aren’t even graduating from High School (In Philadelphia the overall HS Dropout percentage is 44%, Latino Males make up 57% of that number). Now when you talk about College, youth in our community are not all getting access or the necessary information to attain a Higher Education. One of the major hurdles is the issue of Immigration Status. If you are a young person who do manages to pass through High School, one of the major hurdles you’ll face is wether or not you can afford to go to College. When you add to that the fact that Financial Aid is not an option to Undocumented Youth, College almost seems out of reach.
We here at Juntos believe that education, on all levels, is a human right and should be equally accessed by everyone regardless of status.
Below you will find FAQs, Scholarships, Resources and Guides to help the youth in our community keep on the road to a higher education.