International Day of Education: History and Significance

January 24, Day of Education

The International Day of Education is celebrated every 24th of January each year. This day aims to improve the quality of education worldwide. Various organisations, 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.

Education plays a critical role in eliminating poverty and illiteracy. 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).

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.


On December 3, 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.

Celebration Ideas and Activities

The following are some ideas to celebrate the International Day of Education:

  • Teach people by volunteering in shelters and teaching children how to read and write.
  • Advocate for education by joining campaigns that voice out the importance of being educated and getting education.
  • Celebrate on social media by using the hashtag #InternationalDayofEducation to let your friends and followers know that you are participating in the celebration.


  • “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


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