“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education is illuminating and a vital right. No country will achieve success and growth without an inclusive and accessible education. The International Day of Education is observed annually, and the purpose of the day is to spread the light of fortune, peace, and education among everyone.

Several activities, workshops, seminars, and other educational programs are held worldwide to ensure that everyone is aware of the importance of education on the occasion of International Education Day, which is observed on January 24. Its 5th anniversary is being celebrated this year, and the theme is “To Invest in People, Prioritize Education.” The purpose of commemorating this day is to ensure that everyone, regardless of race or religion, may access education.

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Countries will not succeed in attaining gender equality and ending the cycle of poverty that is leaving a million children, youth, and adults behind without accessible and equitable quality education and lasting opportunities for everyone. The UN Transforming Education Summit in September 2022 gave rise to a worldwide movement, and this year’s day will advocate for preserving that momentum while outlining how to put commitments and international initiatives into practice. In light of the current global recession, widening inequality, and the climate issue, education must be given priority to advance toward all of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s International Day of Education has been set aside by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to honor Afghanistan women and girls who have been denied access to education. It demands that the ban limiting their access to school be immediately lifted. UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report and Institute for Statistics, which tracks nations’ progress toward the benchmarks, including those covered at the Transforming Education Summit, will also release the first SDG4 benchmark publication as part of the event.

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