International education day
Dar Shahid Hussain
Changing course transforming education is the theme of international education day 2022 proclaimed by UNESCO (United Nations).
The purpose of this theme is to strengthen and welcome the revival of education. Education in its usual and formal way has observed a huge gap in the year 2020-21. All activities especially educational activities remained under cover and were frozen with the wave of corona virus which started in china and closed all educational institutions there, it encapsulated the whole world. Now a ray of hope has appeared when our generation who suffered very much during the covid-19 period and thus labeled itself the covid-19 generation, will start going to school college and universities.
The physical recovery from this pandemic is that we are back at our work and are sound and healthy but mental recovery is only possible when our education may also be back on track which is the most vital thing to do. Education in this regard is so important that we even require education to avoid the contamination of viruses. We need to educate ourselves about health concerns and the health of the whole community.
Hence vitality of education is there but the theme of the 2022 international day of education also stresses to realize the fundamental right of everyone to education. This will help to build a more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful future and its importance must be redressed for the large benefits of our generation.
The first-ever international day of education was observed on the 24th of January 2019. This year it would be the fourth time when international day of education will be visualized to proclaim that education comes under the basic needs of every person. Acknowledging it vigilantly, the UN’s general assembly has made it possible to preach its message to every corner of the world and reflected a clear impact. It also sounds for the betterment and welfare that education keeps inside it; an educated individual, a civilized society, blessed with opportunities and optimism.
International community has stressed in its adopted charter where it intends to achieve sustainable development goals. The first and the foremost significance to commemorate this day is that education is essential for success of all 17 of its sustainable goals. Hence, this day works as an umbrella that shelters and covers many other motives of the United Nations and the message conveyed through this day has a wide range of effects and authorities.
Nelson Mandela once said that knowledge is power taking this for granted we can determine the most powerful countries that made education a mandatory item, now rule the worlds, scientific evolution, business revolution and even humanity itself cannot achieve its goals unless or until proper education is not required.
And we can observe that under-developed countries from where nelson Mandela himself belonged, struggled not for prosperity but for education while history has thrown their pitiable and helpless disposition aside when they engaged themselves in education.
A person’s conscious and sub-conscious run simultaneously and side by side of each other, the former specifies present whereas the latter memorizes past. When a person attempts to succeed he must live in and uphold the present while he should learn from the past. Education too has a similar phenomenon and it thus signifies itself when it works for the betterment of society terming that the omissions practiced in past should not be repeated in present and hence the future would be well-organized, well managed and ultimately civilized.
Betterment runs in such a kind of chronological order wherein, we are less aware and more educated about all such dealings. Therefore, we may say that the international day of education along with its observance is a contribution towards a more improvised society.
Educated people are fewer burdens upon the shoulders of society, taking an example from the past bitter knowledge and experience of wars and the influences that wars leave in the form of refugees. UN’s report says that some 4million children and youth refugees are out of school which along with their other rights violated their right to education.
When education is given to these refugee\immigrants are not radicalized yet they are revolutionized. A sense of peace prevails and it becomes easy for the countries to avoid wars and spread peace and prosperity to develop the world. High stake tensions can be eased when people are indulged in educating activities. International day of education is an effort by the UN to involve the world and creating an equal atmosphere, where keeping the welfare of the masses in view, compatibility can be administered.
Education transforms lives. As united nations messenger of peace Malala Yousafzai once said; one child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world” the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
We need education to reduce the inequalities and improve health. We need education to achieve gender equality and eliminate child marriage. We need education to protect our planets resources. And we need education to fight hate speech, xenophobia and intolerance, and to nurture global citizenship. Education can also break and reverse cycles of intergenerational poverty. Studies show that if all girls and boys complete secondary education, 420 million people could be lifted out of poverty.
International day of education is a determination that on this day we should promise with our selves and with this universe that education is the only weapon that cannot bleed us when we are un-defensive and in order to counter attack we must educate our people. This decisiveness will automatically make us economically financially and regionally strong enough to dominate without threats of a downfall.
(The author can be reached at shahiddar643@gmailcom)