International Day of Education
Education should be a basic human right, which should not ever be stripped away. Every child must have a chance to receive a proper inclusive education with equitable quality everywhere around the Globe. Education should be an available lifelong opportunity for everyone everywhere.
Despite living in the 21st century racial and gender equality issues still exist. Poverty and hunger are still the problems in the new world. Without a proper, inclusive education those problems will remain.
Battling the needs to get equitable education everywhere on the planet led to the International Day of Education. It was founded on December the 3rd in 2018., when the General Assembly of United Nations adopted the resolution that proclaims January 24th as the International Day of Education.
The International Day of Education celebrates the role of education in sustainable development, human rights, fighting poverty, and bringing global peace. The first celebration of International Day of Education was on the 24th of January 2019.
Global challenges in education
The statistics about the global situation in education are devastating. Around 258 million children and youth haven't attended school yet, while 617 million children and adolescents are functionally illiterate, and without the knowledge of basic math. In sub-Saharan Africa, less than 40% of girls complete lower secondary school. The four million children refugees are out of school. Their rights for equitable education has been violated and stripped away (source: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/educationday)
Human rights declaration for Education
Education should be a basic human right and that has been enshrined in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Convention on the Rights of the Child went even further in 1989. declaring that we must make higher education available to all as well.
Education leads to sustainable development
The world recognized that education plays an essential role in the process of sustainable development. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, education has been listed as a parameter of success for all its 17 goals.
The International Day of Education in 2021
The new global challenge that the whole world is facing is the COVID-19 pandemic. It led to the learning disruption on a global scale. The schools, universities, and other learning institutions vastly affected 1,6 billion students in around 190 countries, rendering the problem for governments to provide conditions for undisrupted education.
The motto of 2021 International Day of Education is:
“Recover and revitalize education for the COVID-19 generation”
Education in Serbia
According to the yearly publication of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, in the last few years, there is a trend of decreasing the number of pupils in primary schools, and as well as the number of students in tertiary education. However, the percentage of pupils that received primary education is still very high 98,1%.
Some conducted research showed that most people in Serbia believe that the main problem of Education in Serbia that pupils are not receiving enough practical knowledge.
The program of Dual Education started in recent years and it is believed that could solve this problem. Read more about Dual Education here.