Already four years ago, in 2018, UNESCO proclaimed 24 January as International Education Day. The main objective of this commemoration is to raise awareness of the importance of quality education globally in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Specifically, the event focuses on SDG 4, which seeks to “ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. The first target of goal 4 seeks to ensure that, by 2030, all girls and boys complete primary and secondary education.
However, the figures are still very alarming: 262 million children and young people are still out of school, and 617 million children and adolescents do not know how to read or do not have basic concepts of mathematics, according to UNESCO data.
Changing course, transforming education
In view of these facts, on this fourth celebration of International Education Day, we join in the motto “Changing Course, Transforming Education”. This year, we reflect on the transformations needed to realise the fundamental right to education for all and build a more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful future.
In addition, it seeks to stimulate a debate around the essential forces needed to build more equitable and inclusive education systems that accelerate progress towards the achievement of SDG 4, based on the findings of the report “UNESCO’s Futures of Education”.
ProFuturo: Transforming by educating
At ProFuturo, we have been working since 2016 to reduce the educational gap through digital education. We believe in the transformative power of e-education and are committed to achieving the SDG 4 targets.
Over these five years, we’ve benefited 19.7 million children and trained more than 914,000 teachers in 40 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. In addition, in line with the targets of goal 4, we have achieved: bringing digital education to the most remote areas of the planet; learning to teach during Covid-19; adapting to different connectivity situations; expanding our work in emergency situations; and, creating a real impact in the world.
For this 2022, we want to continue changing course. And you, how do you think #EducatingTransforms? Tell us about it on our social media and join #EducationDay 2022.