/ 25 January 2023

THE DEPARTMENT of Education affirmed its commitment for inclusive and equitable education as it joined the celebration of International Day of Education.

IDE, celebrated annually on January 24, promotes the role of education in peace and development. This year, the United Nations General Assembly urged member states to celebrate the event as a way of supporting its Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 which is Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education.

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio said that DepEd’s theme for this year’s event, “To Invest in People, Prioritize Education,” affirms her agency’s commitment to UN’s goal.

“At the UN Transforming Education Summit in September last year, President Marcos announced our commitment to recover the learning losses from the pandemic and rebuild our education to be more inclusive, relevant and resilient to future shocks and disruptions,” Duterte said.

“Let us work together to ensure that our education system empowers our young people to navigate lives, challenges with 21st century skills, resilience, leadership, and strength of character as they join us in reshaping and rebuilding a better and stronger Philippines,” she added.

The Department’s celebration of IDE was participated by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Director of UNESCO Office, Jakarta Mohamed Djelid and SEAMEO Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Specialist Dr. Kamaleswaran Jayarajah, among others.