Education is not a privilege, it is a fundamental human right

As children in some parts of the world learn and prepare themselves for a better and brighter future, there remains more than 262 million children and young people around the world who are out of school, not because they do not want to be there, but because they are simply not afforded the chance. These children and youth are being denied not only their right to education, but are also denied opportunities such as a fair chance to get a decent job, to escape poverty, to support their families, and to contribute towards the development of their communities.In today’s world, as poverty, conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics are becoming more frequent and complex, children are often denied their right to education. Never before in humankind’s history, has the urgency for education been more important.To respond to this urgent need, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted unanimously a resolution to observe January 24 as the International Day of Education. This historic decision by the United Nations demonstrates the global community’s unwavering political will towards providing quality education to all and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Moreover, it reiterates the key role of education in building sustainable and resilient societies and contributing to the achievement of the other SDGs.

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