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Dear all,
Today (24 January), the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Education for the first time. This follows the adoption on 3 December 2018 of resolution 73/25, spearheaded by Nigeria and 58 other Member States, which recognizes the foundational role of education for building resilience, peaceful and inclusive societies. It highlights the global community’s commitment to support transformative actions for inclusive, equitable and quality education for all, and invites UNESCO to facilitate the observance of the Day. It is also an occasion to flag the priorities areas agreed upon at the recent Global Education Meeting, and to emphasize the need for increased political will, collective action and resources to fulfill everyone’s right to quality education.
The first celebration of the Day will be marked  at the United Nations in New York, in an event co-organized by UNESCO and the Permanent Missions of Ireland, Nigeria, Norway, the Republic of Singapore and the State of Qatar.  The event’s theme “Education: A Key Driver for Inclusion and Empowerment” echoes the focus of the UN High Level Political Forum that takes place in New York this July, which will review SDG4, among other goals. Bringing together the voices of governments, the UN system, the private sector and youth organizations, the event will be a platform to highlight education’s vital contribution to the entire 2030 Agenda and to strengthen collective action to achieve SDG4. The event will be live streamed here: http://webtv.un.org/. A video message from the Director-General will be featured at the opening. A Group of Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning will also be launched in New York, formed by representatives of Member States to the UN, to advocate for sustained commitment to education in the 2030 Agenda.
See also the UNESCO International Day of Education webpage.

 

24 January is now marked as the UN International Day of Education! resulted from the adoption on 3 December 2018 of the resolution 73/25 recognizing the foundational role of education for building resilience, peaceful and inclusive societies.

24 January highlights the global community’s commitment to support transformative actions for inclusive, equitable and quality education for all, and invites UNESCO to facilitate the observance of the Day. It is also an occasion to flag the priorities areas agreed upon at the recent Global Education Meeting, and to emphasize the need for increased political will, collective action and resources to fulfill everyone’s right to quality education.

"This day is the occasion to reaffirm fundamental principles. Firstly, education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility. Secondly, education is the most powerful force in our hands to ensure significant improvements in health, to stimulate economic growth, to unlock the potential and innovation we need to build more resilient and sustainable societies. Lastly, we urgently need to call for collective action for education at global level." Audrey Azoulay, Director General,  UNESCO

Read more about at the UNESCO International Day of Education webpage.

 

 
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