This blog post is part of the series, where the board members of UN Youth of Helsinki write about the themes of United Nations International Days. This blog post is written by Venla Valtanen, who studies Finnish Literature and Communications and serves as a communications coordinator on the board.
”Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change to world.”
– Nelson Mandela –
Did you wake up today feeling joyful for the possibility to study? Does education bring you more stress or happiness in your daily life? Without underestimating those difficulties that we westerns face, it is good to remember that in educational questions we are globally in a unique position.
Let’s keep in mind these facts about education:
1) Everyone has the right to study. The right to education is enshrined in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Free and compulsory elementary education is the main goal of the declaration.
2) Education is essential in sustainable development. According to international community, education is in a key position to carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Especially it is noted in the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
3) About 265 million children and adolescents do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school. More than a fifth of those who can not achieve education are of primary school age. Poverty, discrimination, armed conflict, emergencies, the effects of climate change, migration and forcible displacement affect the achievement of the education goals.
4) Finland is the country of high-quality education. Differences between learning results are slight, and almost everyone carries out comprehensive school in a desirable time. The goal is to give everyone an opportunity to get an upscale education regardless of the incomes of the family and to be able to grow active citizens.
It is the international day of education. Could this be the day when you improve someone’s chances to study? Could this be the day when you take a deep breath and remember to be grateful for your education?