24 January - International Day of Education

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The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

On 24 January 2022, we will be celebrating the fourth International Day of Education under the theme “Changing Course, Transforming Education”. As it was detailed in  UNESCO’s recent global Futures of Education report, transforming the future requires an urgent rebalancing or our relationships with each other, with nature as well as with technology that permeates our lives, bearing breakthrough opportunities while raising serious concerns for equity, inclusion and democratic participation.

The Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education report will be discussed worldwide, including at the following events.

24 January Events

EXPO 2020 - Dubai

Education experts, students and teachers will gather in the Nexus for People and Planet venue at EXPO 2020 in Dubai to strengthen collaboration, share best practices, and explore pathways to accelerate innovation.

24 January, 14:00-17:00 (Dubai)

Programme available here.  Watch the livestream here.

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UN Headquarters - New York

The celebrations in New York of the International Day of Education are organized by UNESCO and the Group of Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning with the participation of the President of the UN General Assembly,  UN Secretary-General, as well as UNESCO Director General.

24 January, 9:00-10:30 (New York)

Additional information available here.  Register here to participate via zoom.  Watch live here on UN Web TV.

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Harvard University Graduate School of Education

In celebration of International Education Day, a discussion of UNESCO's Futures of Education Report with several members of the International Commission: Cristovam Buarque, Elisa Guerra, Vaira Vike-Freiberga and Fernando Reimers will be held.

24 January, 12:00-13:00 (Boston)

A recording of the event is available here.

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Global Minnesota

Global Minnesota, with partners Learning Planet Institute and UNESCO, invites you to join us for these extraordinary speakers: Jeffrey Sachs, Sri Zaheer, Dina Storey, Phil Noble, Satish Kumar, Shawntera Hardy, Mamphela Ramphele, Gabriela Zalaya, Runa Khan, Robbyn Wacker, Amanda Ellis, Memory Banda, Melati Wijsen, and more local, national, and international leaders.

24 January, 9:00-16:00 (Minnesota)

Program and registration link available here.

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Italian pavillion, Dubai Expo 2020

The International UNESCO Chairs Forum on the Futures of Higher Education is being organized jointly by Italy and UNESCO at Expo 2020 Dubai to mark the International Day of Education 2022.  The forum aims to leverage collective interdisciplinary intelligence relative to the futures of higher education systems, with a focus on skills development in the context of the uncertain futures of work, as well as on the digital transformation of our societies and its implications for higher education.

24 January, 11:00-13:00 (Dubai)

Additional information available here

A video recording of the event is available in English and Italian.

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