International Day of Education - 24 January

WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION?

On 3 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as the International Day of Education (A/RES/73/25) in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. By doing so, the international community reiterated the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4 - inclusive and quality education at all levels. Everyone should have access to lifelong learning opportunities that can help them acquire the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals.
 

WHY IS THIS DAY IMPORTANT?

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everybody has the right to education. However, about 265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school, due to poverty, discrimination, armed conflicts, emergencies and the effects of climate change. More than a fifth of them are of primary school age.

By developing the skills needed for decent work and increasing productivity, education can help lift people out of poverty. It can also help reduce inequalities, achieve gender parity and empower people to live healthy, sustainable lives. Education fosters tolerance and contributes to building peaceful societies. It provides the world’s citizens with essential tools for developing innovative solutions to the most significant problems of our time.
 

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

To join the celebration of the International Day of Education, why not write an article for your university’s newspaper or website to express your thoughts on the importance of education? You can also make a creative video and upload it online, or organize meetings and events to discuss the education challenges children and youth face around the world. Lastly, take the time to inform yourself about UNESCO´s international education projects, and share your #InternationalDayOfEducation activities with @ImpactUN on social media!

School children in a classroom in Gao, Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino