Access to education for non-national children in South Africa
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- What does the law say?
- Do non-South African children have a right to education in South Africa?
- Must non-South African children pay school fees too?
- Do children need an identity document to enroll at a South African school?
- What kind of barriers do non-South African children face in accessing education in South Africa?
- What kind of problems are schools facing in terms of admitting undocumented children?
- What has been done, in the courts, about this, and what was the outcome?
- I have more questions, who can I ask?
The right to basic education is a fundamental human right according to international and national law. Education is a vital tool in the empowerment of children, the protection of democracy, the promotion of human rights, and the fight against poverty. The right to basic education also applies to refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented or stateless individuals. However, in practice these individuals may face additional barriers to access their education.