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The first International Day of Education

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that on 24 January 2019, the world would mark the first ever International Day of Education.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO), has subsequently called on all countries to refocus their efforts to provide quality education to every single child on earth.
In 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) finalised a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, to be achieved globally by 2030. Also known as the Global Goals, these markers build on the relative successes of the Millennium Development Goals and are a universal call to action to end poverty and protect the planet.
While the previous goal that focused on education had only one target – to achieve universal primary education –
the equivalent Global Goal has seven, including the expansion of secondary and university education.
Today, an estimated 262 million children and youth around the world still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and/or understand basic mathematics; and less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school. Acknowledging the first International Day of Education this year, Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO director general, said in a public statement:
Education is the most powerful force in our hands to ensure significant improvements in health, to stimulate economic growth, to unlock the potential and innovation we need to build more resilient and sustainable societies. We will not succeed in breaking the cycle of poverty, mitigating climate change, adapting to the technological revolution, let alone achieving gender equality, without ambitious political commitment to universal education.
On 24 January 2019, UNESCO released a new rights to education handbook. It also published new data on education inequalities around the world. The first celebration of the Day was marked at the United Nations in New York, in an event co-organised by UNESCO and the Permanent Missions of Ireland, Nigeria, Norway, the Republic of Singapore and the State of Qatar.
A new initiative called “Group of Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning” will be launched later this year in New York, formed by representatives of member states to the UN, to advocate for sustained commitment to education in the 2030 agenda.

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