International Day of Education 2023 will be held under the theme, ‘To Invest in People, Prioritize Education’. This year, the Day is dedicated to all the girls and women in Afghanistan, who have been denied their right to learn, study, and teach.
International Day of Education 2023, led by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will call for maintaining strong political mobilization around education and charting the way to translate commitments and global initiatives into action. It recognizes that education must be prioritized to accelerate progress towards all the SDGs against the backdrop of a global recession, growing inequalities, and the climate crisis.
On 3 December 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted resolution 73/25 proclaiming 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.
The right to education is enshrined in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration calls for free and compulsory elementary education. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), adopted in 1989, goes further to stipulate that countries shall make higher education accessible to all. When it adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, the international community recognized that education is essential for the success of all 17 of its Goals. SDG 4, in particular, aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030.
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date: 24 January 2023