“The world will celebrate the International Day of Education on 24 January 2020, a day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to honour education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development”

This year’s theme for UNESCO International Day of Education is: “Learning for people, planet, prosperity, and peace”

A comprehensive pdf on this year’s theme is available from the UNESCO website — there’s a link at the foot of this page.

The document references creativity, community development and enabling a capacity to contribute to society. Additionally there is a noticeable slant towards environmental sustainability and how education can shape the values and perspectives of young people who will inherit this ostensibly urgent issue facing our planet.

Education and vocational skills development and training lessen wealth disparity, through enhancing job opportunities. Education can support and strengthen peace; conflict is more prevalent when there is a wider gap in education.

“It is not great wealth in a few individuals that proves a country is prosperous, but great general wealth evenly distributed among the people . . . It is the struggling masses who are the foundation [of this country]; and if the foundation be rotten or insecure, the rest of the structure must eventually crumble.”

–VICTORIA WOODHULL, FIRST WOMAN TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, 1872

We must do far more to advance Sustainable Development Goal 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/education-day-2020-concept-note-en.pdf