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.

The main theme of the 5th International Day of Education 2023 is “to invest in people and prioritize education.” This theme reflects that the biggest investment that any organization or institute can make is educating its people. Education can empower individuals to know the history, geography, and significant developments of the world. It touches every aspect of life, such as politics, health, science, technology, philosophy, communication, and linguistics.

Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.

According to UNESCO, as many as 244 million children and youth are out of school, and 771 million adults are illiterate worldwide.