Education is a human right, a public good and a collective responsibility. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Education Day, in celebration of the role education plays in peace and development.
Without quality, inclusive and equitable education for all and lifelong learning opportunities, countries will fail to achieve gender equality and break the cycle of poverty that leaves millions of children, youth and adults behind.
This fifth International Education Day in 2023 is celebrated under the theme ‘Invest in people, prioritise education’. Education must be prioritised to accelerate progress towards all the Sustainable Development Goals in a context of global recession, growing inequalities and climate crisis.
UNESCO dedicates this year’s International Education Day to the girls and women in Afghanistan who have been deprived of their right to education. It calls for the immediate lifting of the ban restricting their access to education.
We pray for our educational centres, that they may continue to ‘invest in people and prioritise education’ as they do, based on the Claretian charism and character.
(PHOTO: Claret School of Las Palmas)