UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) 
Declaration on the Recognition of the Right to Learn (Paris, France) 1985
The right to learn is not a cultural luxury to be saved for some future date.
It is not a right that will come only after the question of survival has been settled.
It is not the next step to be taken once basic needs have been satisfied.
The right to learn is an indispensable tool for the survival of humanity.
If we want the peoples of the world to be self-sufficient in food production and other essential human needs, they must have the right to learn.
If women and men are to enjoy better health, they must have the right to learn.
If we are to avoid war, we must learn to live in peace, and learn to understand one another.
‘Learn’ is the key word.
There can be no human development without the right to learn.

ユネスコ 学習権宣言 1985年
それは、生存の 欲求が満たされたあとに行使されるようなものではない。
学習権は、人間の生存にと って不可欠な手段である。
もし、世界の人々が、食糧の生産やその他の基本的人間 の欲求が満たされることを望むならば、世界の人々は学習権をもたなければならない。
もし、女性も男性も、より健康な生活を営もうとするなら、彼らは学習権をもたなけれ ばならない。
もし、わたしたちが戦争を避けようとするなら、平和に生きることを学び、 お互いに理解し合うことを学ばねばならない。

Japanese Translation from here.  今回の和訳はこちらから引用いたしました。

UNESCO’s Declaration on the Recognition of the Right to Learn was brought up in class yesterday.  I’m currently studying for a certificate in museum curation, but the situation of curation in Japan is getting harsher every year.  According to statistics, the average number of full time employees per museum in Japan is 3, and out of those 3, only 1 is a certified curator.  Because of the lack of FTEs, a curator’s job description includes everything from planning exhibitions to researching / negotiating terms / gathering the items one by one from each owner (whether it be another museum or an independent collector), removing stains from old artworks, checking for insects, etc.  The list can go on forever because it includes literally everything that a museum is responsible for.  The vicious spiral of getting less exhibition quality (due to lack of manpower) and less visitors has been continuing for over a decade.  No one has a remedy for this, since we are bound to run out of manpower as history gets longer and Japan’s population drops.  Does that mean museums are a problem child to be done away with?  That’s where the above quote steps in.  Museums were made as a non-profit facility which is open to the public, for them to continue their lifelong learning experience.  It should be at the center of education, but currently they are far from where it should belong.  I’ll update you guys again when I have more information.  Bye for today!!


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