UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all to step up efforts to reimagine education -- training teachers, bridging the digital divide and rethinking curricula -- to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to flourish in a rapidly changing world.
“Let’s commit to promote education for all — today and every day,” said the UN chief in a message marking the International Day of Education that falls on Sunday.
Guterres said when education is interrupted; it affects everyone – especially students, teachers and families.
On the third International Day of Education, he paid tribute to their resilience in the face of a pandemic that, at its peak, forced almost every school, institute and university to close its doors.
He said more than half of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries were not learning to read a simple text.
“In 2021, we must seize all the opportunities to turn this situation around. We must ensure the full replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education fund, and strengthen global education cooperation,” said the UN chief.