U.N. to Issue Report on Bias in Schools and on Access to Education

The first global report dealing with discriminatory practices in schools and access to education in every country and territory in the world will be made public here next week. The report will be one of the main items on the agenda of the Subcommission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities which will open a three-week series of sessions here Tuesday.

The report on educational and school discrimination will be presented by Dr. Charles D. Ammoun, of Lebanon, who has been working on the study as the subcommission’s special rapporteur, for two years. His report will show that “of all the prejudices engendering discrimination, prejudices based on race and color appear to be the most deeply rooted. In some cases, discrimination in education is used as a means of delaying or preventing the awakening of national consciousness.”

The Subcommission consists of 12 members serving in their individual capacities as experts, but approved by their respective governments. The United States representative is Judge Philip Halpern, of Buffalo, who has been prominently active in Jewish affairs, nationally and in his home community, for many years.

The Subcommission is unit of the Commission on Human Rights. Among further possible studies, on the group’s agenda for discussion this year, are a survey on discrimination in the field of employment, already undertaken by the International Labor Office; and measures to be taken by the United Nations to stop advocacy of national, racial or religions hostility that constitutes incitement to violence.

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