International Day of Education 2021 is on Monday, 25 January 2021, making it a dynamic versatility of United Nations to make sure about the rights of every individual which one carries with oneself but does not acknowledge or claim it. The Celebrations of International Day of Education include the role of education for peace and development.
United Nations’ (UN) International Education Day is observed on the 24th of January every year. In the current year, 2021 the third International Education Day is being celebrated on Monday, 25 January due to a holiday on Sunday, 24 January.
Theme of International Day of Education 2021
“Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation” is the Theme of International Education Day 2021 proclaimed by Unesco (United Nations) for the current year 2021.
The purpose of the 2021 theme is to strengthen and welcome the revival of education. Education in its usual and formal way has observed a huge gap in the year 2020. All activities especially educational activities remained under-cover and were frozen with the wave of Corona Virus which started from china and closing all educational institutions there, it encapsulated the whole world. Now a ray of hope has appeared when our generation who suffered very much during Covid-19 period and thus labelling itself the Covid-19 generation, will start going to school college and universities.
The physical recovery from this pandemic is that we are back at our work and are sound and healthy but the mental recovery is only possible when our education may also be back on track which is the most vital thing to do. Education in this regard is so important that we even require education to avoid the contamination of viruses. We need to educate ourselves about health concerns and the health of the whole community.
Hence vitality of education is always there but the theme of 2021 international day of education also stresses that education itself must be recovered to its usual form and its importance must be redressed for the large benefit of our generation.
Theme of International Day of Education for the previous year 2020 was,
“Learning for people, planet, prosperity, and peace”
Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility. The United Nations’ aim to spread education that is included in the basic needs and privileges and in turn human responsibilities and duties.
First-Ever International Day of Education
The first-ever International Day of Education was observed on the 24th of January 2019. This year it would be the third time when International Day of education will be visualized to proclaim that Education comes under the basic needs of every person. Acknowledging it vigilantly, The UN’s General Assembly has made it possible to preach its message to every corner of the world and reflected a clear impact. It also sounds the betterment and welfare that education keeps inside itself; an educated individual, a civilized individual and hence a civilized society, blessed with opportunities and optimism.
Significance and Importance of World Education Day
Why Education Day is celebrated?
International Community has stressed in its adopted charter where it intends to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. The first and the foremost significance to commemorate this day is that education is essential for the success of all 17 of its Sustainable goals. Hence, this day works as an umbrella that shelters and covers many other motives of the United Nations and the message conveyed through this day has a wide range of effects and authorities.
Among many challenges and short-comings that United Nations has to comply with is poverty and it is an interesting and more preferably astonishing thing to know that in many countries including third world countries, the percentage of poverty is almost equal to the percentage of illiteracy. There is a famous Chinese proverb; don’t give your fish to anyone in order to help him, teach him how to catch a fish and it would make a lot of difference. United Nations cannot at once, eradicate poverty but it can create opportunities to minimize its effects and education is one of the salient power to do so.
Education and Covid-19
Covid-19 or Corona Virus is a respiratory disease that started from china and then reached every corner of the world. The spread of this fatal disease was so quick and unusual that it rattled the whole world. It was noticed that the disease spread through air and touching other people or things where virus becomes inhabitant. Millions of people came under its effect and in no time, it made the masses caged in their houses.
Education was also not an exception as a huge gathering is found at educational institutes and the governments were compelled to close down the educational institutions and even lock down the whole sectors so that the alarming spread of the virus could have been escaped. Hence, under the strict lockdown and in the period of sheer anxiety and fear, education was a hope, a motivation, a guidance, a supporter and well-wisher. Where online education kept the people busy and didn’t let their minds go astray towards depression, it also guided them well to achieve what people cannot do routinely. The Pandemic Covid-19 taught us that Education for our generation is not linked with the institutions and general sources like books only. In the harder times, education must not be paused, hence through devices like mobiles and computers, the online study continued and there was no risk of getting contaminated with the virus
- Education is a tool that provided hope and work during Pandemic Covid-19.
- Covid-19 affected the institutes but it could not evacuate the minds.
- Children suffered but online education also met their demands.
- Education brought people out of depression and anxiety.
Speech of International Day of Education
Nelson Mandela once said that knowledge is power taking this for granted we can determine the most powerful countries that made education a mandatory item, now rule the worlds, scientific evolution, business revolution and even humanity itself cannot achieve its goals unless or until proper education is not acquired. And we can observe that under-developed countries from where Nelson Mandela himself belonged, struggled not for prosperity but for education while history has thrown their pitiable and helpless disposition aside when they engaged themselves in education. A person’s conscious and sub-conscious run simultaneously and side by side of each other, the former specifies present whereas the latter memorizes past. When a person attempts to succeed he must live in and uphold the present while he should learn from the past. Education too has a similar phenomenon and it thus signifies itself when it works for the betterment of society terming that the omissions practiced in past should not be repeated in present and hence future would be well-organized, well managed and ultimately civilized. Betterment runs in such a kind of chronological order wherein, we are less aware and more educated about all such dealings. Therefore, we may say that International Day of Education along with its observance is a contribution towards a more improvised society.
Educated people are less burden upon the shoulders of society, taking an example from the past bitter knowledge and experience of wars and the influences that wars leave in the form of refugees. UN’s report says that some 4 million children and youth refugees are out of school which along with their other rights, violated their right to education. When education is given these refugees/immigrants are not radicalized yet they are revolutionized. A sense of peace prevails and it becomes easy for the countries to avoid wars and spread peace and prosperity to develop the world. High stake tensions can be eased when people are indulged in educating activities. International Day of Education is an effort by the UN to involve the world and creating an equal atmosphere, where keeping the welfare of the masses in view, compatibility can be administered.
Similarly, in a number of countries including developed countries, an issue of Gender against Inequalities is devastatingly dismantling the UN’s ambition to have a safer prosperous Global Village where Genders must not be discriminated. Education itself in its demonstrations never discriminates genders to get or prevail education. All genders are subjected to get an education and there is no walk of life exists now where we don’t find the mixed genders and their integrity is solely rested with their broader visions. Similar threatening issues like Extremism, Terrorism, Racism Inter-Religious disputes, Child Abuse and Climate adversities due to Climate Change can be repelled through basic and quality education. This day also affirms a resolution that education must be based upon facts and not upon sentiments or manipulations. This consequently will break the chains of Exploitation, Discrimination and Subjugation and hence injustice that further is a cause behind all irrationality and insanity in the world.
International Day of Education is a determination that on this day we should promise with ourselves and with this universe that education is the only weapon that cannot bleed us when we are un- defensive and in order to counter-attack we must educate our people. This decisiveness will ultimately make us economically, financially and regionally strong enough to dominate without threats of a downfall.
International Day of Education Celebrations
All world countries including the USA, UK, India, Pakistan, China, UAE, Australia, Turkey, Germany and other countries celebrate International Day of Education simultaneously on 24th January since 2019.