Theme: Changing Course, Transforming Education
To strengthen education as a public endeavour and common good, January 24 2022 will be observed as the International Day of Education led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The theme for this year is “Changing Course, Transforming Education”, focussing on the need to nurture transformations to allow access to education for all and help build sustainable futures.
This year will mark the fourth year of celebration of this international day as the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on 3 December 2018 proclaiming 24 January as International Day of Education, making education’s role in peace making and development more visible.
Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights highlights the right to education for all and calls for free and compulsory elementary education. In addition, education was recognised as a necessity for the success of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The theme for this year’s education day is fitting for the Pacific as the region has adapted to new forms of teaching and learning due to the high prevalence of COVID-19 cases in some countries.
These new ways of teaching and learning are supported by the Pacific Community’s Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) that works with education systems of 15 Pacific island countries to provide the region’s learners with quality education that helps achieve the learner’s full potential and promotes lifelong learning.
EQAP’s work is supported by Australia and New Zealand and other development partners with the aim to improve education quality as part of the regional education architecture. This regionalism approach supports in making education quality a higher policy and political priority in the Pacific.
Therefore, this year’s education day provides a platform for the Pacific to make visible the critical work it has undertaken and accomplished in providing quality education to its learners using innovative and transformative technology and technics, with the support of Pacific governments, donors and development partners.