The International Day of Education is celebrated every 24th of January each year. This day aims to improve the quality of education worldwide. Various organizations, governments, communities, academic associations, and even the private sector participate in the celebration of this day by promoting the right of every person to education.
About the International Day of Education
The International Day of Education is a culmination of the world’s will to improve the standards of education and eliminate illiteracy. The day also stresses out the importance of education for the world’s social and economic development. Each year, the observance aims to improve the quality of education and protect the rights of every student.
Education plays a critical role in eliminating poverty and illiteracy. If people are educated, they can get a job and provide a living for themselves and for their family. Through education, people can get employed, develop their skills, improve their health and sanitation, improve their living standards, and ultimately, contribute towards their society’s economic development. Education is one of the top solutions for various social issues. It is actually considered as the most important factor for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It was on December 3, 2018 when the United National General Assembly adopted a resolution to make the 24th of January as the International Day of Education starting from 2022. The decision was made during the Global Education Meet held at Brussels, Belgium from December 3 to 5, 2018.
The upcoming International Day of Education will be celebrated on January 24.
Why Celebrate Day of Education
The following are the main reasons why you should participate in the celebration of the International Day of Education:
To Promote Education
One major reason why you should celebrate this day is that by doing so, you can help promote education. The sad reality these days is that there are still some people who are illiterate – those who cannot do basic reading and writing. Unfortunately, these two important skills are the prerequisite to obtaining a lot of other skills that can help people when they grow up. That is why the International Day of Education is celebrated – to eliminate this sad truth. And you can be a part of that advocacy by celebrating this day.
To Help People Improve their Lives
Also a good reason to celebrate this day is that by doing so, you can help improve the lives of people. When people become literate, then can make a living for themselves. There is a saying that goes “Give a person a fish then he can eat for a day. But teach a person how to fish then he will be able to eat every day.” Education is indeed important. When people are well educated, then can get a job and improve their standard of living.
To Make the Economy Prosperous
Also a good reason to celebrate this day is that by doing so, you can contribute positively to the economy. When people are literate, they can secure jobs and when they do that, they contribute to the economy as human power as well as consumers of goods and services. The fact in the world today is that prosperous economies are those with the most number of literate people.
Celebration Ideas and Activities
The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of the International Day of Education as best as it can be:
One good way to celebrate this day is to teach people. You can volunteer in shelters where you can teach children how to read and write. You can also participate in similar activities hosted by the UN which allow you to share your knowledge with other people so that them too can learn how to read and write.
Advocate for Education
You can also celebrate this day nicely by advocating for children. There are still some people who cannot see the value of being educated. These people need realization that perhaps can be given by you. You can join campaigns that voice out to people the importance of being educated and getting education. You can also advocate for every person’s right to education and that no one should be hindered from taking it.
Celebrate on Social Media
You can also take your celebration of this day on social media. You can, for instance, use the hashtag #InternationalDayofEducation to let your friends and followers know that you are also participating in the celebration of this extremely important event.
- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin
- Change is the end result of all true learning. – Leo Buscaglia
- Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X
- The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle
- Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. – Albert Einstein
- The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”– Dr. Seuss
- “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
- “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ― C.S. Lewis
- “The learning process continues until the day you die.” – Kirk Douglas
- “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ― W.B. Yeats
- Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
- Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey
- Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan
- A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. – Mark Twain
- Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. – Edward Everett