What does education mean to you? I spotted this question on my twitter timeline this morning from the UNWomen account. The United Nations are celebrating their first #EducationDay and asking the world to answer that question. They are also using the day to remind the world the world of the UN’s commitment to supported the fundamental universal right to education.
“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 global level.”
— Audrey Azoulay, Director General, Message on the occasion of the International Day of Education
So what does education mean to you? Hope, power, freedom, connecting are some of the words that immediately to my mind, followed by exclusion, bias, access, money.
In this age of alternative facts and disinformation, it would do no harm for us all to think just what exactly education means, how we support it and how we ensure that the right to education is a goal we all keep working towards.