The right to education is based on the premise that a “well educated, enlightened and active mind, able to wander freely and widely, is one of the joys and rewards of human existence”.1 It is an enabling and multiplier right, serving as “the primary vehicle by which socially and economically marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty.”2 The process of education is one that requires the engagement of many different actors: the learner, the parents, the teacher, the school and, ultimately, the state.