International Day of Education: ‘To invest in people, prioritize education’

By Samantha Munro

International Education Day photo, courtesy of UNESCO.

Education is a human right, not based on one’s environmental or economical status. By educating the world, we educate the development of mankind and the contribution that is made to the earth at large.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed January 24th  as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace, development and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.

Today is the fifth year commemorating International Day of Education. In its celebration, it is realized that to invest in people, the prioritization of education is of utmost importance. Education is a basic and necessary building block used in accelerating progress towards sustainable development goals against the backdrop of a global recession, growing inequalities and the climate crisis.

Having a strong international presence, the American Red Cross offers International Services Training, which works in dozens of countries with its partners in the global Red Cross network as well as offering classes, presentations and workshops domestically. This training will connect you with the world around you, enhancing your knowledge and helping you add to the change of providing equal opportunities to all those that seek it.

Locally, the American Red Cross offers programs such the Pillowcase Project and Prepare with Pedro. The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3-5, while Prepare with Pedro is for grades K-2. Both teach students about personal and family preparedness, safety skills, local hazards, and basic coping skills.

It is sometimes human nature to unconsciously take things for granted, something that has always been present in our lives. Only when we realize that not everyone has been given the opportunities to develop their mind, we start to appreciate even more that we were.

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has dedicated the fifth International Day of Education to all the girls and women in Afghanistan, who have been denied their right to learn, study and teach. Read UNESCO’s full message here.

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