International Day of Education: Recover, Revitalize Education for COVID-19 Generation

by Freya Lucas

January 25, 2021

The third International Day of Education (January 24) will be marked on Monday 25 January 2021 under the theme ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared. 


“Now is the time to power education by stepping up collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the centre of the recovery,” a statement from the organisation read.


“Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.” 


The global event for the Day has been planned along three main segments: learning heroes, innovations, and financing, and organized in partnership with the UNESCO New York Office, UNHQ, the Global Partnership for Education and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CRI), and will feature the participation of partners from the Global Education Coalition. 


Capturing the spirit of the International Day of Education, CRI and UNESCO have spearheaded a Learning Planet Festival to celebrate learning in all contexts and share innovations that fulfill the potential of every learner, no matter what their circumstances. The CRI will also be unveiling the winners of an essay contest of “Le Petit Prince”.  


To watch the event live, please see here. Further information is available here