International Day of Education - 24th January
Op 1. Decides to proclaim 24 January as the International Day of Education;
OP 2. Invites member states, the relevant organizations of the United Nations systems, other international and regional organizations and civil society, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and relevant stakeholders to acknowledge the importance and the role of education by proclaiming 24 January as the International Day of Education, and to continue to give consideration, to enhance international cooperation in supporting the efforts of all member states towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 4.
OP3 Invites the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as the specialized United Nations agency for education, to facilitate the observance of 24 January of every year as the International Day of Education, mindful of the provisions of the annex to Economic and Social Council Resolution 1980/67.
OP4 Stresses that the cost of all activities that may arise from the implementation of the present resolution should be met from voluntary contributions (OP 4 of Resolution A/72/32 /2017);
OP.5 Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention, of all Member States, the organizations of the United Nations system and civil society organizations for appropriate observance (OP 5 of Resolution A/72/32 /2017).
Collegiate Congress, is a consortium of elected student representatives from colleges/universities in New York City. The consortium comprises of Student Government Association President/Chair or University Student Senate President/Chair. This organization was founded on one mission – the betterment of students academically, socially and economically. Education is the fundamental of any academic institution and so for Collegiate Congress. Since its founding in 2016 (501 c(3)), we have proven record of excellence in New York State Assembly to the United Nations. We also run the only universal international students organization. As we were progressing in deliver the best to our constituents, we learned from our constituents that, apart from academia, personal experience adds to education. In order to acknowledge we decided to celebrate a day specifically for education in New York City. But our partnership with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)- the principle body of the UN that trains diplomats, gave us a global perspective on this significant matter. We then researched and consulted many UN diplomats, NGO’s, Intellects and students on this matter. As our study progressed we learned that the United Nations does not have an observance for Education and then we came up with the proposal to have an “International Day of Education”.
First Proposal - United Nations International Day of Education
In 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Collegiate Congress (CCI). Since the agreement between the two entities, Collegiate Congress has been involved in the work of the United Nations. The Collegiate Congress Inc. is a student advocacy organization. The main purposes are to awaken interest in Multilateral Diplomacy and International Relations. Carry out its activities in the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations (and its Specialized Agencies) in accordance with the Chapter I of the Article 1 (Purposes and Principles). The Collegiate Congress was founded in Fall of 2014 with the mission to preserve affordability and accessibility of higher education within New York State. The organization takes the responsibility to protect, preserve and promote the rights of the student body, furthering the cause for higher education and promoting the general welfare of the students. The Collegiate Congress was formed by a collective mission of elected student leaders of New York City colleges and universities. The organization supports hereby the equality of States, the realization of the Charter of the United Nations and the strengthening of trust among peoples. In this context, the organization fully endorses and supports the Sustainable Goal (SDG) Goal 4: Quality Education" Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’’. In the other hands, it should be noted that the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System, and has the mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through diplomatic training, and to increase the impact of national actions through public awareness-raising, education, training of public policy officials. The Institute covers topics in the broad areas of supporting capacity building for the 2013 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Strengthening of Multilateralism among other tasks.
In this context, In 2018, both Institutions have worked together to coordinate a Programme entitled ‘’the International Relations and Global Diplomacy Program’’ such initiative was organized in partnership between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research along with the Collegiate Congress, and have developed a curriculum that sees a brighter future through diplomacy. This newly-designed program allows participants to listen to and learn about international relations and politics from those actively engaged in these fields — the diplomats themselves. Envisioned for students currently enrolled in Political Science, International Relations, Urban Affairs, or a similar academic program, the desire to better understand world affairs is a must. The Programme provides the rare opportunity for students to learn about diplomacy from diplomats themselves. Although there is no shortage of courses on global politics and policies, few (if any) provides this education through the context of first-hand experience – experience the United Nations is uniquely situated to provide.
Through this method students will gain an understanding of current global issues, and of the shape of things to come – on the scene, as they happen.
The lectures are current UN ambassadors, diplomats, and delegates, with material covering a range of global issues from the past, present, and future. In Keeping with the spirit of this “real-world” learning methodology, courses will blend classroom instruction with observation of UN General Assembly sessions and other UN forums. Students will develop a global political perspective through a first-hand look at the modern statecraft. The understanding of global leadership provided by this Programme is something few ever experience – a diplomatic education that is personal and indepth. This breadth of understanding is complimented by its depth, so that even often overlooked aspects of leadership are considered by better understanding the lives of the leaders themselves. Befitting the mindset of global diplomacy, students will be encouraged to think collaboratively, creatively, and critically. These skills will be applied to various mechanisms of diplomacy, the discourse of media, and the responsibilities of being part of the global community, ultimately with the goal of developing more socially aware and politically active students.
This proposal requests all member states to observe an International Day of Education or International Education Day by the United Nations. The International Day of Education promotes awareness and advocates for the importance of education globally.
As every member-state affirms that education is a high priority, observing an International Day of Education acknowledges the value and importance of the benefits, not only for each member-states’ population, but also acknowledging the positive externalities that education promotes worldwide is a natural next step towards enhancing a developed peaceful global community.
The world populace has collectively globalized, advanced and become increasingly interdependent; accordingly, we must adapt to accommodate this worldwide interdependence by creating inclusive and modernized academic programs. Therefore, this proposal encourages all member states to incorporate a UN Studies academic major—with particular emphasis on the three pillars of the UN—at each of their respective academic institutions both public and private. In this manner, member states will enable their student populace to attain education about the most significant administrative office in the world working toward making the world a better place.