Oman joins the world in celebrating International Day of Education

Oman to celebrate International Day of Education on January 24

Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Education, will participate tomorrow, Wednesday, with countries around the  celebrating International Education Day, which falls on January 24 annually, in appreciation of the role of education in achieving sustainable development goals, promoting peace and respect for human rights, and its contribution to the eradication of poverty and hunger and enhancing the capabilities of individuals to tolerate, avoid conflicts, and find solutions to manage them.

Since assuming the reins of power in the country, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik has affirmed that “paying attention to the education sector of all types and levels and providing a supportive and stimulating environment for scientific research and innovation will be among our national priorities, and we will provide it with all the reasons for empowerment as it is the basis.” Through which our children will be able to contribute to building the requirements of the next stage.”

Since the beginning of its renaissance, the Sultanate of Oman has worked to instill the values ​​of tolerance and peace among students, and the Ministry of Education continues to follow this national approach of the “Oman 2040” vision, and includes these concepts and values ​​in educational policies and documents such as the Education Philosophy Document, the General Concepts and Curricula Document, and the Attention On common humanitarian issues and global citizenship, the Ministry issued several special documents, such as the Citizenship Education Document, the Document for Integrating Children’s Rights Concepts into School Curricula, and other policies supporting the spread of peace and tolerance through education.

This year’s celebration comes under the slogan “Education for Lasting Peace” in celebration of the role that education plays in achieving peace and development, and in achieving the basic tasks that UNESCO works on, as the 1974 United Nations document on education for understanding, cooperation and peace at the international level and education in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms Member States Education is an essential driver of peace and international understanding. Celebrating this day highlights the important role of education in confronting global challenges and achieving sustainable development goals, which makes it a priority for governments and international organizations to build a world of peace and progress due to its importance and vital role in building advanced, safe, and sustainable societies.

International conventions and norms have emphasized ensuring quality, equitable and comprehensive education for all, even in the most difficult circumstances. Education protects children from conflict, creates safe environments for them, and gives them a sense of normalcy.

The slogan of International Education Day, which was announced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for this year, came to achieve several main goals, including continuing to make education a priority on the political agenda, to achieve the commitments of the Education Transformation Summit and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and to create momentum at the local and international levels regarding the importance of education in Promote and sustain peace as set out in target 4.7 of Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals and other international efforts in education.

This year’s slogan reinforces the call to finance education locally and internationally in general and education for peace in particular, especially through innovative, multilateral mechanisms and partnerships, focusing on the role of youth and educators in making peace through education towards equitable, comprehensive and peaceful societies, and creating a platform to discuss the priorities and challenges of education for peace. Peace within the context of worsening global crises, mobilizing influencers and civil society to drive progress towards making education the focus of local, national and international peacebuilding efforts, raising awareness of effective methodologies for education for peace and strengthening commitment to operationalizing them.

It is noteworthy that the United Nations General Assembly decided, at its seventy-third session in 2018, to declare January 24 as World Education Day. International and global events represent an opportunity to mobilize the political will and resources necessary to address global problems. At the same time, they are an opportunity to educate the general public on global issues of common concern.

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