June 3, 2004


Right to Basic Education for Children on Farms in South Africa

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Obstacles to the right to education on commercial farms
Physical access to schools
Inadequate infrastructure and service provision
IV. Current legal status of farm schools
The role of provincial governments
The role of non-state institutions
V. The rights of children living on commercial farms
Impact of insecure labor and land tenure on children's education
Child labor
Access to basic nutrition for children
Access to social assistance for children
Small schools
School fees and uniforms
Limited secondary education
VI. Domestic and international law obligations
Children's Rights
Right to Education
VII. Recommendations
To the national government of South Africa
To provincial governments
To farm owners and their representative organizations
VIII. Conclusion
Appendix: Pro Forma Agreement