International Education Day

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  • GS Prelims, GS Mains paper I, II
  • Social issues, Education

Why in News?

  • January 24 is marked as the International Day of Education by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the role of education for bringing peace and development.

Details of the event:

  • The United Nations has observed the International Day of Education for the first timeto emphasize the action required to achieve the global education goals and targets in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The celebration will raise awareness on the key role of quality and relevant education for peace and development worldwide, including its contribution to poverty elimination, environmental sustainability and building peaceful and resilient societies.

Recent findings:

  • According to the official site of UNESCO, 262 million children and youth still do not attend school
  • Around 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic maths
  • Less than 40 per cent of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school.

Why is education important?

  • Education is a basic human right, a public good, a public responsibility, and also the best investment that one can make to ensure a sustainable future and leave no one behind.
  • However, millions are still deprived of educational opportunities every day, because of social, cultural and economic factors.
  • January 24 is marked as the International Day of Education by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the role of education for bringing peace and development.
  • Quality education is important in order to achieve sustainable development including gender equality and human rights and to break the cycle of poverty.

What is the Right to Education Initiative?

  • The Right to Education Initiative (RTE) is a global human rights organization, established by the first United Nations Special Rapporteur that works to achieve the right to education.
  • Since 2000, the organisation has been aspired to promote education as a human right, by conducting researches and developing tools to help people understand and effectively use mechanisms to claim and enforce this Human Right.
  • Today, the right to education is also at the heart of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4),which testifies to its fundamental importance.
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