International Day of Education 2024 - Learning for Lasting Peace

The sixth International Day of Education, commemorated on 24 January 2024, falls under the theme of “learning for lasting peace”. The theme aligns with the capacity building mission of the World Maritime University (WMU) that includes high quality education, research, and capacity-building opportunities that are rooted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and support cross-cultural learning and understanding. 

In recognition of the International Day of Education, Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, WMU President, provided the following message:

“In today’s world, the transformative power of education is more important than ever. Education can cut across borders, gender, race, religion, and politics to act as a catalyst for harmony and lasting peace. It enables learners to become agents of change in their communities, fostering a culture of understanding, empathy, and cooperation. As we celebrate this International Day of Education, let us focus on what can be achieved when we work together, respecting differences, and supporting one another. 

Education is not only a right; it is a global responsibility to empower individuals to contribute actively to a world free from strife. WMU, as a center of excellence for maritime and oceans education, is committed to UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Quality Education. Our students, hailing from diverse backgrounds, engage in transformative learning, fostering cross-cultural understanding and international cooperation. 

Investing in quality education is investing in a peaceful and sustainable future for all. Every contribution, big or small, plays a role. Therefore, on this International Day of Education, I take the opportunity to encourage all maritime and oceans stakeholders to consider how they can contribute to the transformational education taking place at WMU. We are grateful for the support of maritime and oceans stakeholders who fund fellowships, contribute to the University’s endowment fund, engage with WMU on research, and provide visiting lecturers or conference speakers. With their valuable engagement, the University can continue to build maritime and ocean capacity in support of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Together, through education, we can be agents of change in advancing a sustainable and peaceful future for all.”

As the International Maritime Organization’s apex institution for postgraduate maritime and ocean education, the United Nations General Assembly, in its Resolutions on Ocean and Law of the Sea, continues each year to recognize WMU as a centre of excellence for maritime and ocean education, research, scholarship and capacity-building. In the maritime context, education and training play a vital role for safe, secure and sustainable maritime and ocean development. WMU is committed to contributing to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Quality Education, by educating future maritime leaders, policy-makers and stewards of maritime and oceans sustainable development. WMU is positioned and willing to assist and support, to the greatest extent possible, the capacity-building efforts of all relevant and well-meaning stakeholders through enhanced and life-long maritime/oceans education and training.

About the International Day of Education
In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 24 January the International Day of Education, in celebration of the important role of education for the attainment of global peace and sustainable development. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education - is across-cutting goal and a primary driver for the achievement of all 17 UNSDGs. Its primary aim is to ensure inclusive, equitable and high-quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Education is a human right that contributes to individual and societal growth and prosperity and plays a key role in shaping the future of humanity and the planet.

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