International commemorates International Day of Education 2023
Every year on 24 January, Zonta International observes
International Day of Education and celebrates the role of education in peace
Around the world, 129 million girls are out of school,
including 32 million of primary school age, 30 million of lower-secondary
school age, and 67 million of upper-secondary age.
"A foundational step in
building a better world for women and girls is ensuring quality education for
all," said Zonta International President Ute Scholz. "Education is essential
for future success and economic independence, especially for women and girls."
When a girl stays in school, she increases her
income-earning potential, making her future brighter. Additionally, women who
receive formal education are more likely than uneducated women to use
contraception, marry later, have fewer children and be better informed on the
nutritional needs of their children.
Zonta International currently provides four
scholarships, fellowships and awards to women pursuing education
and careers in typically male-dominated fields and all of our international
service projects include an education component.
Zonta International and UNICEF USA are supporting the country in meeting the
SDGs and improving the quality of children's education, especially girls, while
addressing the impacts of climate change. Zonta is working with UNICEF in Peru to
respond to the needs of adolescent girls, including ensuring safe and adequate
school environments. Tens of thousands of girls who dropped out of school are
being supported to return with support from the Zonta-funded UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme
to End Child Marriage, which is also improving girls' literacy. And,
New Guinea and Timor-Leste, Zonta International is working with
UNFPA to develop teaching materials and train health staff to properly respond
to cases of gender-based violence.
Each January, Zonta International celebrates Amelia Earhart
Month, which honors the life of the famed aviator and Zontian, and spreads
awareness of our Amelia
Earhart Fellowship. We are also accepting applications for our Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Women in STEM Scholarship and
will soon post the application for our Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women
in Business Scholarship.
The year 2023 marks the mid-point since the adoption of the
2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which set a 15-year plan to achieve the 17
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 4 says that providing
quality education for all is fundamental to creating a peaceful and prosperous
"Without inclusive and equitable quality education and
lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender
equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of
children, youth and adults behind," the United Nations said.
International thanks its members and donors for contributing to our education
programs and service projects, which are supporting the SDGs. To celebrate the
International Day of Education, we encourage our members to continue supporting
these projects and advocating for education in their communities.
Click here to download an infographic and social media images.
24 JANUARY 2023