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International Day of Education – January 24, 2023

International Day of Education is observed on January 24 every year. It looks at education from a broader perspective. The quality of education varies for children around the world, with millions still deprived of this basic human right. The day is created to campaign for better education reforms and improve access to education for all.

History of International Day of Education

In December 2018, January 24 was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of Education, to celebrate education and reflect on the importance of learning for development and peace. Imparting education is not limited to institutions; each of us has a duty to promote quality education. What most of us likely take for granted, allowing access to education can lift many out of poverty and pave the path for a promising future.

According to UNESCO’s statistical data, an estimated 258 million children are not in school. The situation is worse for marginalized communities, those living in regions with higher inequality, and underdeveloped countries. The bitter reality is that there are countless societies around the world today where education is dismissed as unnecessary.

International Day of Education is a call for action — bringing individuals, civil society, and policymakers to take solid steps towards ensuring that primary and secondary education is given to children, as well as improving youth engagement in education. Learning programs should be designed for the needs of different demographics, converging to one main goal; equipping children with the education needed for employment and better futures.

The theme proclaimed by the United Nations for International Education Day 2022 is “Changing Course, Transforming Education.” Times have changed, and so have methods and mediums of learning. Education was digital in the years 2020-21 and is now heading towards a revival.

International Day of Education timeline

1989
Education for All

The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all countries are required to make higher education accessible to all.

2002
Equality for All

The No Child Left Behind U.S. Act is passed.

2015
Sustainable Development Goals

Education is recognized as the underlying agent for the success of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda for 2030.

2016
Quality, not Quantity

Pakistan’s National Education Assessment Report states that despite enrolment in schools, a significant number of students still score lower than the required level.

International Day of Education FAQs

Why is International Day of Education celebrated?

International Day of Education is observed annually to re-evaluate education in our lives, as well as identify and address the issues of education in our society. On a larger scale, the role of education in breaking boundaries between cultures and countries, and maintaining peace and equality is also observed.

What is the theme of International Day of Education in 2022?

The theme for International Day of Education 2022 is ‘Changing Course, Transforming Education.’

What was the theme of International Day of Education 2021?

The theme for International Day of Education in 2021 was ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation.’

How to Observe International Day of Education

  1. Learn about education in your area

    Stay up-to-date with the curriculum and teaching methods of schools in your area. It's important to know where your area stands in terms of education after you graduate.

  2. Support a child’s education

    If you know someone who is out of school, it’s time to talk to them or their guardian about it. Do your part in promoting and advocating education and its importance.

  3. Donate

    Education-based organizations work towards their mission of promoting education. Donate generously to your favorite cause. Your contribution can secure a child’s future.

5 Empowering Quotes On Education

  1. Malala Yousafzai

    “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world”.

  2. Nelson Mandela

    “The most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

  3. A Chinese proverb

    “If You are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people”

  4. Malcolm Forbes

    “Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

  5. Benjamin Franklin

    “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”

Why International Day of Education is Important

  1. Education is a human right

    It’s as simple as that. Education is a human right. To deprive someone of this right is tragic, as it can make the difference between a turbulent or prosperous future.

  2. Education is the key to sustainable development

    Without education, there cannot be persistent development. It is essential for helping societies evolve and develop.

  3. Empowering individuals

    At the core of it, educating an individual means empowering them. It empowers them to think, generate ideas, set goals, and have a purpose.

International Day of Education dates

YearDateDay
2023January 24Tuesday
2024January 24Wednesday
2025January 24Friday
2026January 24Saturday
2027January 24Sunday

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