January 24th, 2019 marked the first ever International Day of Education. The United Nations General Assembly declared this special day to empower all countries to increase their political commitment to education so that all children and youth may receive the benefits of a full education.
- 262 million children and youth still do not attend school.
- 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math.
- Less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school.
- Some four million children and youth refugees are out of school.
In her statement about International Day of Education, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay said: "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 achieve gender equality, without ambitious political commitment to universal education.”
To read more on the goals and plans for International Day of Education, visit:
International Day of Education (unesco.org)