Every January 24, the United Nations mark The International Day of Education. This year’s International Day of Education will be a platform to showcase the most important transformations that must be nurtured to realize everyone’s fundamental right to education and build a more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful futures.
Education is a basic human right, a public good and a public responsibility. It is a key priority of the state and should not be a privilege or subject to political or charitable whims. Education is the best investment that we can make to ensure a sustainable future for all in any country or region. However, millions of people are being deprived of education either as a result of social, cultural or economic factors.
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, 258 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. In Nigeria, more than 13.2m children are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.
Wherefore, it is critical that we continue to support the advocacy on quality and inclusive education in pursuance of the actualization of the Sustainable Development Goal, SDG4. The Yes, We Are Winning Foundation is a Charity and Human Capital Development NGO which focuses on Education and Advocacy.
The theme of the 2022 International Day Of Education is: “Changing Course, Transforming Education.” As an NGO that promotes education and inculcate a winning mentality, we join millions of stakeholders to promote inclusive and quality education that would help reduce poverty and foster development in all life’s endeavours.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director General, on the occasion of International Day of Education 2021 said and I quote:” In these exceptional times, business as usual is no longer an option. If we are to transform the future, if we are to change course, we must rethink education. This means forging a new social contract for education, as called for by the UNESCO report on the Futures of Education, released last November.
We need to repair past injustices and orient the digital transformation around inclusion and equity. And we need education to fully contribute to sustainable development – for instance, by integrating environmental education in all curricula and by training teachers in this field.” –
And finally, in the words of the UN Secretary, General Antonio Guterres, “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.”
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