On 3 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted with consensus a resolution proclaiming 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.
The resolution 73/25 “International Day of Education”, co-sponsored by nearly 60 Member States, demonstrated the unwavering political will to support transformative actions for inclusive, equitable and quality education for all. By doing so, the international community reiterated that education plays a key role in building sustainable and resilient societies, and contributes to the achievement of all other Sustainable Development Goals as it dedicated a special day to celebrate education worldwide.
With a view to enhance international cooperation in supporting the efforts towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals, the resolution called on all stakeholders including Member States, organizations of the UN system, and civil society, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, the private sector, individuals and other relevant stakeholders to observe the International Day of Education.
The celebration of this Day presents an excellent opportunity to affirm education as a fundamental human right as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 26) and many other international human rights instruments. The right to education is one of the key principles underpinning the Education 2030 Agenda.
Paz sin Fronteras wishes to join in the celebration of this Day, since it understands that through education, more peaceful societies are reached.