The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed International Education Day on January 24, in celebration of the role that education plays in peace and development, celebrated for the first time last year 2019.
The celebration of 2020 will place the education and learning that emanates from it as the BEST RENEWABLE RESOURCE OF HUMANITY and will reaffirm the role of education as a fundamental human right, a public good and the driving force of the Sustainable Development Agenda between now and 2030. Likewise , will define “inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all”
This year 2020, the theme of the commemoration is “Learning for peoples, the planet, prosperity and peace”
Education is at the center of the development of people and their communities, fully developing their talent and reaching their creative potential, contributing to their own lives and to society. It helps us fight poverty, inequalities, improve health and well-being, in addition to overcoming discrimination, it improves equality by empowering different vulnerable populations, allowing us to face the social challenges of peoples.
Scientists remind us that the survival of the human species is threatened if significant changes in current development models do not occur, causing environmental degradation, accelerated loss of biodiversity and climate change. Formal, non-formal and informal learning opportunities can play a major role in the transformations necessary to build the most environmentally sustainable societies, in parallel with the initiatives taken by different governments, civil society and the private sector. Education provides the concepts and tools that can help reverse or eradicate unsustainable practices and enable human beings to live in better harmony with nature.
The development of professional skills is essential to achieve inclusive growth that leaves no one behind. Education and training can improve employment opportunities, increase the incomes of the poorest. A study carried out by UNESCO indicates that if all people were able to complete the cycle of secondary education, as established in Sustainable Development Goal 4, which establishes Quality Education, poverty in the world could be halved associated with the increase in people’s income.
Education is a precondition for political participation, inclusion, promotion and democracy. At best, education can catalyze and consolidate peace, particularly when access to it is equitable. A recent study based on data from 100 countries over more than 50 years found that in those where differences in scope
educational levels were more significant they were at greater risk of being affected by conflict. Education can also play an essential role in building peace and reconciliation. Educational initiatives have been shown to have the potential to help marginalized populations access justice that contributes to the creation of peaceful societies.
Let’s celebrate this International Education Day 2020 with this valuable renewable resource of humanity, a FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT #DayofEducation #EducationDay