Learning for lasting peace: International Day of Education

24 January 2024

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During our recent 60th Anniversary Symposium, we caught up with Ministers of Education, experts, and partners on how they view the future of educational planning. Who does it serve? What are the priorities? And how is the field evolving? 

As we mark the sixth International Day of Education, watch these short videos to learn more.

Learning for lasting peace 

Education is a fundamental human right and is a driving force in establishing global peace. Amid a surge of conflicts, racism, and hate speech, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education is more urgent today than ever. That’s why UNESCO is dedicating the sixth International Day of Education, on 24 January, to learning for lasting peace.

What role for educational planning and management? 

Planning and management can contribute to learning for lasting peace in many ways. For example, planning for crises, climate change, and inclusion can stamp out long-standing inequalities and build social cohesion and resilience. 

Planning for relevant skills for the future can help ensure today’s youth have decent work opportunities amid changing labour markets. Ensuring strong governance, transparency, and accountability can help guarantee effective service delivery and equitable financing for education. 

When these dimensions are carefully planned for, education can become a transformative vessel for peace and justice. 

Learn more about International Day of Education.