Principle 7 (portion only)

Now, therefore the General Assembly Proclaims:

The child is entitled to receive education which will be free and compulsory, at least in the elementary stages.

He shall be given an education which will promote his general culture and enable him, on a basis of equal opportunity, to develop his abilities, his individual judgement, and his sense of moral and social responsibility, and to become a useful member of society.

The best interests of the child shall be the guiding principle of those responsible for his education and guidance; that responsibility lies in the first place with his parents.

The child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation, which should be directed to the same purposes as education; society and the public authorities, shall endeavour to promote the enjoyment of this right.

Proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 1386(XIV)of 20 November 1959 /