International Day of Education: Shaping Minds and Transforming Lives

24th January 2024

UKZN Extended Learning

– by Ayanda Radebe

Education is a fundamental human right and a key driver for sustainable growth. The 24th of January was declared the International Day of Education by the United Nations and serves as a reminder to celebrate the power of education in shaping minds, societies and the world at large. Education is the foundation that helps individuals attain the necessary knowledge, skills, and values that can meaningfully contribute to their societies.

This day also aims to address the barriers that hinder educational opportunities, such as poverty, gender inequality, and displacement. It reminds us of the urgent need to ensure that the people deprived of the right to education because of their various circumstances should have the chance to learn and thrive regardless of their background. In today’s rapidly changing world, education is one of the most powerful tools we can use to adapt to these changes and contribute innovative approaches in the business world.

Let us celebrate this day by reaffirming our commitment to quality education for all and continue to work towards a future where education is truly inclusive, empowering, and transformative.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela