Today, Thursday, January 24, 2019,  the United Nations and people around the world are observing the first-ever International Day of Education!

This brand-new UN observance day promotes international awareness and action dedicated to Sustainable Development Goal #4, which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

The UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, says: “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.”

We at Toa Nafasi do our best to answer this call today and every other day.  Knowing that 265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school, The Toa Nafasi Project tries to make sure that students in the early years of public primary school in Tanzania receive the best possible chance to succeed at their studies.  Won’t you join us?

Happy International Day of Education, everyone!