Statement from Minister of Education on International Day of Education

Minister of Education Jeanie McLean has issued the following statement:

“On January 24, we celebrate International Day of Education. This day was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly on December 3, 2018. It is an opportunity to recognize how crucial education is for peace and growth across the world.

“The decision to celebrate this day was unanimous, showing a strong, shared belief in providing education that is inclusive, equitable and of high quality. It reminds us of education's key role in creating strong, resilient communities. This year, we are observing the sixth International Day of Education. The theme is ‘learning for lasting peace’.

“Inclusive and equitable education, along with lifelong learning opportunities for all, are fundamental. They are necessary for achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that holds back millions of children, youth and adults. Without these educational foundations, our efforts to overcome these global challenges would be significantly hindered.

“Education transforms lives and shapes sustainable futures. It equips us with knowledge, understanding and respect for each other. Globally, investments are made in people by prioritizing education. It is no different here in the Yukon, where we continue our work to create successful learning outcomes for all Yukon learners.”

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Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

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