International Day of Education 2023
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. Education plays a key role in building sustainable and resilient societies. Providing quality education for all is of utmost importance for the creation of a peaceful and prosperous world. Moreover, education gives people the knowledge and skills they need to grow as human beings.
Recently, Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay has decided to dedicate the 2023 International Day of Education (January 24) to Afghan girls and women. Currently, 2.5 million (80%) of school-aged Afghan girls and young women are out of school, 1.2 million of whom were denied access to secondary schools and universities following the decision of the de facto authorities. Since August 2021, UNESCO has adapted its interventions to support the continuity of education in challenging circumstances.
Theme of International Day of Education 2023
The fifth International Day of Education will be celebrated on 24 January 2023 under the theme “to invest in people, prioritize education”. International Day of Education 2023 will aim to build on the global momentum generated by the UN Transforming Education Summit in September 2022 and call for maintaining strong political mobilisation around education.
Significance of International Day of Education 2023
The International Day of Education plays a key role in enhancing international cooperation in supporting the efforts towards the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 4, i.e. quality education for all. All relevant stakeholders including Member States of the UN, organisations of the UN system, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and the private sector, observe the International Day of Education. UNESCO, the specialised United Nations agency for education, facilitates the annual observance of this day in close collaboration with all the stakeholders.
History of International Day of Education 2023
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 3, 2018, which proclaimed January 24 as the International Day of Education. The aim of the UNGA was to recognise and celebrate the role of learning for peace and development. The adoption of the resolution 73/25 “International Day of Education”, co-authored by Nigeria and 58 other Member States, demonstrated the unwavering political will of the international community to promote inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.