Education is a human right,

a public good and a public responsibility.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed January 24th as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. 

Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.

Today, 258 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 and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.

United Nations article - International Day of Education

International Day of Education 2021

The third annual International Day of Education will be marked on Monday, January 25th, 2021 under the theme ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’.  Now is the time to power education by stepping up collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the centre of the recovery. 

Read about the advocacy work that the UN is focusing on for this year.

What can I do to help advance the right to education?

Take a few minutes to review these suggested readings to get a better understanding of the purpose and goal behind International Day of Education:



We want to bring attention to
National Observances & Commemorative Months
as well as UN International Days.
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