Celebrating International Day of Education
24th January 2021
We are celebrating, along with the rest of the world, International Day of Education. This year's theme of 'Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation' calls on us all to come together 'in collaboration and international solidarity' to place education and lifelong learning at the centre of the recovery.
The impact of Covid-19 on global education could never have been imagined. Schools closed around the world and a generation of children and young people who are missing out on their right to an education. The impact on wider society of this unprecedented situation will be felt for decades to come.
'Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.
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. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.' UNESCO
We all have our part to play in ensuring these young people do not become a lost generation. That we do all we can to close the increasing gap in education inequality, and to not lose the gains that have been made in recent times.
At Fonthill we are committed to working towards these aims, to supporting our project partners around the world, and to playing our part in putting education and life-long learning at the heart of the global Covid-19 recovery.
#Together we can do amazing things #INTERNATIONALEDUCATIONDAY
#UNESCOEducation Day Programme https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/education-day-2021-programme-en.pdf