The International Day of Education is celebrated every 24th of January. As a human right, education is critical for the fulfilment of people’s rights, especially children, and plays a vital role in the building of fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable societies.
“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.” – UNESCO
The International Day of Education holds a special significance for UN CC:Learn since promoting climate change learning is at the core of all its work. Over the past 14 years, UN CC:Learn has worked alongside dozens of partners to bring high-quality learning resources on climate change and green economy to people across the globe.
As a landmark for global environmental education, its e-learning platform with around 50 free and self-paced courses on climate change and green economy-related topics – UN CC:e-Learn – has reached the important milestone of over 655,000 registered users and 255,000 certificates of completion issued to people across the global. In addition, UN CC:Learn has been working with partner countries, assisting them to develop and implement on their climate change learning strategies. As of 2023 over 30 countries have engaged with the programme to strengthen climate change education, training, and public awareness.
Looking ahead, UN CC:Learn is committed to working on several fronts to keep building a community of climate literate citizens, professionals, entrepreneurs, and government officials who can take action towards a net-zero future.
“Nobody can solve a problem they don’t understand. Climate change is a complex issue. UN CC:Learn has built the knowledge and skills of hundreds of thousands of people across the world so they are able to take informed actions and decisions in their own contexts.” – UN CC:Learn