Monday 13-01-2020 - 14:52
International Day of Education is on Friday 24 January 2020
The very first Internationally celebrated #EducationDay…
A day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to honour education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development. Focusing on the many ways learning can empower people, preserve the planet, build shared prosperity and foster peace.
The 2020 celebration will position education and the learning it enables as humanity’s greatest renewable resource and reaffirm the role of education as a fundamental right, a public good.
The theme is Learning for People, Planet, Prosperity, and Peace...
Education is at the heart of both personal and community development. Its mission is to help all people develop their talents fully and to realize their creative potentials, including responsibility for their own lives and the capacity to contribute to society. Education is also a powerful catalyst – for combating poverty and inequality, improving health and well-being, and overcoming discrimination. It is the key to achieving gender equality and is vital for individuals to live healthy lives and make informed decisions for themselves, their families and their communities. It can strengthen democracy and the rule of law, as well as enhance equality by empowering vulnerable populations. Ultimately, education enables us to confront multidimensional social challenges, such as poverty, gender inequality and social isolation.
Education shapes values and perspectives. It also contributes to the development of skills, concepts and tools that can help reverse or stop unsustainable practices and allow humans to live in greater harmony with the natural world.
Education, including vocational skills development, is essential for inclusive growth that does not leave anyone behind. Education and training can enhance job opportunities, increase the incomes of the poorest and, if equitably provided, reduce inequality.
Persistent violence and armed conflict undermine all human rights and all too often violate the right to education. Preventing violence and achieving sustainable peace requires democratic and representative institutions and well-functioning justice systems. Education is a condition for political participation, inclusion, advocacy and democracy.
For more information, visit UNESCO's web page.
NUS encourages you to showcase your students’ talent and potentials, and tell us why education is important to you.
Make sure to share the creative ways your SU is celebrating and commemorating #EducationDay with us on Twitter by tagging @NUSuk.