International Day of Education

24 JANUARY

Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education(link is external), 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, 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 and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.

As the world marks the very first International Education Day, UNESCO calls on governments and all partners to make universal quality education a leading priority. 

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL

As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(link is external) marks its 70th year, UNESCO is launching a digital campaign on the #RightToEducation, a right that is at the core of its global mission to ensure equal access to quality education.

Through a series of videos, animations, visuals, interviews and stories, the UNESCO campaign – running from 15 October to 18 December 2018 – will unpack the legal significance of the right to education and the major challenges that are blocking its path.

The #RightToEducation campaign aims to bring global awareness of this crucial human right, which is still not a reality for millions, and empower young people and adults to bring about change in their communities. 

Join UNESCO’s #RightToEducation campaign and help spread the messages about this key human right with the power to transform lives around the world! 

This campaign page contains all essential information and will be updated weekly with fresh content. Stay tuned.