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Pandemic makes International Day of Education more important than ever

January 24th, 2021

The UN International Day of Education (January 24) is perhaps more important than ever due to the closure of schools worldwide by the corona pandemic. The theme of this year's celebration is ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’. Education is also a key theme for Terre des Hommes.

Foto uit de Filipijnen, 2008, fotograaf Benno Neeleman

Learning heroes

The UNESO is celebrating the day with an online conference on January 25 that will focus on 3 topics: 1) learning heroes, 2) innovations, and 3) financing. 

Terre des Hommes sees realizing access to education for children as one of its central tasks. We also do a lot of vocational training for victims of exploitation. 

Terre des Hommes and education

In India, we support communities from villages in the mica mining area to make schools work again. When schoosl in the village reopen thanks to our joint effort, reality shows that parents no longer take their children to the mines, but send them to school.

Our Image project in Bangladesh aims to allow young married-off girls to go to school, instead of dropping out and getting pregnant early. Girls fleeing for genital mutilation in Tanzania, do get lessons at the shelter supported by Terre des Hommes. And in Nepal, we pay for school fees for minor victims of sexual abuse by sex tourists, to ensure they continue to go to school. 

Below are two stories in which education is central. 

Bringing Digital Education to Children from Mica Dependant Districts

While the world gets accustomed to a new normal, where use of digital platforms soar, areas plunged in remoteness and poverty with primitive means of functioning find it harder to make way in these troubled times. Devi belongs to a remote village in the Giridih district of Jharkhand in India.

Read the full story: Digital education in mica belt in India

Never underestimate your child’s capability

Nada fled Syria with her family when she was just a few months old and settled in Jabal al Baddawi in North Lebanon, escaping the war. Now four, Nada’s parents noticed she has a speech problem and was unable to put 3 letters together to form a word. They didn’t have the financial capacity to take her to a doctor.

Read the full story on remote education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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