On December 3rd, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 24th January (starting from 2019) as the International day of Education, to celebrate the role of education in development. The decision was taken during Global Education Meet held at Brussels in Belgium from 3rd to 5th December 2018.
The International Day of education is sponsored by Nigeria’s permanent mission in the United Nations. The resolution demonstrated the world’s political will towards providing quality education to all and achieving sustainable development by 2030. It only reiterates the importance of education in development and its essentiality for sustainable development goals.
International Day of Education 2020
The International Day of Education will be celebrated globally on 24th January 2020, Friday.
The day was celebrated with a focus on improving the universal quality of education. Various public and private sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations observed the day internationally by promoting education as the fundamental right of a child.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invited to support and cooperation from all the countries to emphasize the importance of education. UNESCO also observed the day by organizing an event named ‘Maiden Celebration of International Day of Education’ which was held at the UN headquarters in New York.
What is the Benefit of Celebrating “International Day of Education”?
International Day Of Education is a manifestation of the world’s political power’s will to improve the standards of education and their resolution towards eradicating illiteracy. It also reiterates the importance of education for the world’s social and economic development. The observance is expected to improve the quality of education and protect the rights of the student community. The nations together will reach out to the masses stressing the importance of education and also the role that it plays in achieving the goal of sustainable development by 2030.
Education plays a very important role in eradication poverty, illiteracy and providing livelihood through employment, developing skills, improving health and sanitation, economic and social development, high living standards, better hygiene, and reduced crime rates. Education is a one-stop remedy for many social issues. It is also the most important factor leading to the UN’s sustainable development goals by 2030.
The observance also stresses the fact that education is not only a fundamental right but also a necessity to achieve sustainable development; not to mention the role that education plays in poverty eradication, generating employment and leading to social and economic development.
How will “International Day Of Education” be Celebrated?
The resolution calls upon the countries, the UN member states, social activists, civil societies, education institutes, private sectors, volunteers and professionals to observe the International Day of Education in their respective capacities.
Promoting education, raising the standards of education and ensuring education for all are some of the vital points to be acted upon. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) will play a vital role, being the United Nation’s education body.
The observance of International Day of Education stresses to the nations, the need to adapt to modernized academic programs; as the world has globalized and become interdependent.
Events will be organized to acknowledge the importance of education at every level – primary, the secondary and tertiary level also the distance education as well as vocational training programs; providing opportunities to the illiterate as well as the educated, beyond the limitations of age. Such programs will stress on improving employability and the quality of life, through education.
The day not only stresses academic education but also on developing skills; raising individual productivity and employability.
Efforts will be made towards developing co-operation between the member states in the fields of education and sustainable development through education. The costs of all the activities related to the observance are to be met voluntarily.
Why Should India Celebrate “International Day Of Education”?
Despite being the world’s fastest-growing economy, India still has a huge illiterate population – 287 Million; 37% of the world’s total. It is very important for the Indian government to coordinate with the international community, to improve the state and quality of education in India.
Though, India has been celebrating its National education day on 11th November each year on the birth anniversary of its first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad; it has remained largely a commemoration event.
By joining hands with the UN and international community on the observance of the International Day Of Education, India will open new avenues for education and skill development; leading to financial as well as social development of the country.
India could tap on the opportunity of inviting more funds from the international community or the United Nations, to utilize it into her educational programs.
It is an era of globalization and our education system needs to be the equivalent to global standards. For that, we have to be observant and receptive to global changes in the field of education.
Observing International Day of Education will substantiate India’s resolve towards the eradication of illiteracy and sustainable development.
How should India Celebrate “International Day of education”?
India could celebrate the International Day Of education by roping in different organizations, education institutions, and volunteers, etc, to work towards the cause of education; either by a manual or financial contribution.
The government of India could call upon International voluntary organizations and non-government organizations to celebrate the International Day of Education, by organizing various campaigns for raising awareness and funds.
Programs could be organized to reach out mainly to the deprived sections of the society and addressing the issues which are acting as the constraints to their education.
One way of observing the International Day of Education could be through diplomatic dialogue. Diplomats from the UN member states can be invited to speak on the issues of education and its effects on society. Diplomatic dialogues will provide in-depth knowledge to our student community as well as government organizations and educational institutions; making a way for self-improvement through self-assessment.
Such dialogues will make India aware of the state of education around the world; providing an opportunity to identify her own shortcomings and to work towards removing them.