International Day of Education 2023: It is said that Education is a human right, a public good, and a public responsibility. International Day of Education is celebrated on 24 January to raise awareness about the importance, the role of education for peace and development. If a country wants to achieve gender equality, and break the cycle of poverty, it is possible with inclusive, equitable quality education, and lifelong opportunities for all.
According to UNESCO, around 258 million children and youth still do not attend school, and 617 million children and adolescents cannot read or do basic math. Also, less than 40% of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school, and around 4 million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated.
International Day of Education 2023: Message from the UNESCO's Director-General
On the occasion of International Day of Education, Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, "In these exceptional times, business as usual is no longer an option. If we are to transform the future, if we are to change course, we must rethink education. This means forging a new social contract for education, as called for by the UNESCO report on the Futures of Education, released last November. We need to repair past injustices and orient the digital transformation around inclusion and equity. And we need education to fully contribute to sustainable development – for instance, by integrating environmental education in all curricula and by training teachers in this field."
International Day of Education 2023: Theme
The fifth International Day of Education will be celebrated on 24 January 2023 under the theme “to invest in people, prioritize education”. UNESCO is dedicating this year's International Day to girls and women in Afghanistan who have been deprived of their right to education. It is calling for the immediate lifting of the ban restricting their access to education.
International Day of Education 2023: History
In 2018, United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 24 January as the International Day of Education to mark the importance of education in global peace and development. The resolution was authored by 59 member states to mark the International Day of Education. It also illustrates the process to reinforce the transformative actions for equality, quality, and inclusive education to all.
International Day of Education 2023: Celebration
The fifth International Day of Education will be celebrated on 24 January 2023 under the theme “to invest in people, prioritize education”. The UN Transforming Education Summit in September 2022 gave rise to a global movement, and this year's Day will emphasize maintaining that momentum while outlining the steps needed to put commitments and international initiatives into practice. In light of the current global recession, widening inequalities, and the climate crisis, education must be given priority in order to advance toward all of the Sustainable Development Goals.
International Day of Education 2023: Significance
The day highlights how to strengthen education as a public endeavor and the common good, how to steer the digital transformation, support teachers, safeguard the planet, and unlock the potential in each person to contribute to collective well-being and our shared home.
It is correctly said that education is a weapon to improve one's life. Probably, it is an important tool to change one's life. Education determines the quality of an individual's life. It helps in improving knowledge, and skills, and develops personality and attitude. Education is important for employment. It provides an opportunity to make a decent living. Education makes an individual better use of technology. A person becomes more mature with the help of education.
United Nations has been working towards poverty eradication and also focusing on generating opportunities for minimizing the effects via education as it is one of the salient powers to do so.
International Day of Education 2023: Objectives
As per UNESCO, objectives are as follows:
- Focusses on essential triggers of transformations to build more equitable and inclusive education systems. It will accelerate progress towards SDG4.
- Scaling advances towards digital inclusion, green competencies, skills, and gender equality.
- Reduce the gap in inequalities in access and completion of education, in line with SDG4.
- Find out the voices of students and spotlight them to know about the changes and innovations they want to see to make their education fitter for purpose.
- Also, spotlight the voices of teachers from integrating technology in their practice to orienting teaching and learning new skills, etc.