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Inaugural International Day of Education

As the world celebrates the inaugural International Day of Education, UNESCO calls upon leaders to recognise the powerful positive force of quality education in combatting global inequality.

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, to raise awareness of the necessity for education to be treated as a human right, a public good, and public responsibility.

Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, released this message to mark the occasion:
"This day is the occasion to reaffirm fundamental principles. Firstly, education is a human right, a public good, and a public responsibility. Secondly, education is the most powerful force in our hands to ensure significant improvements in health, to stimulate economic growth, to unlock the potential and innovation we need to build more resilient and sustainable societies. Lastly, we urgently need to call for collective action for education at a global level."

Inclusive and equitable quality education is critical to the success of all 17 sustainable development goals, as ratified by the international community in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015.