Ahead of the International Day of Education, 24 January 2023, the GAP International Network is calling on the government and education providers to invest in initiatives that empower individuals and communities to adopt truly sustainable lifestyles. 

Education is a human right, and the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 24 January the International Day of Education, in recognition of the central role that education plays in all efforts to achieve peace and sustainable development. 

The year 2023 marks the half-way point since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals that need to be achieved by 2030. And we know that the SDGs will not be achieved without greater investment in education. Today, on the International Day of Education, we are therefore calling for more support for all initiatives that put investment in people at the heart of our shared future.

Through education, we can empower people and promote critical, creative thinking. Education can inspire children and adults alike to become more engaged with their communities and help them to make informed decisions about their environmental behaviour.

GAP International is working with its members of the network to promote sustainability and environmental education, as well as international support for teachers and students displaced by the war in Ukraine. 

“GAP International has a rich history supporting the adoption of Education for Sustainable Development in thousands of schools across Ukraine. Today, during these unthinkable times when Ukrainian citizens are experiencing untold horrors due to Russia’s invasion, the GAP International community is again working to support Ukraine’s teachers and their students in the extremely difficult circumstances they are facing,” said Frans Lenglet, Chair of Global Action Plan International

“We are seeking funding to support the work of teachers and teaching organisations across Ukraine. Ukrainian teachers have shown astonishing courage and resilience by continuing to teach despite facing the most extraordinary circumstances in the ongoing conflict. They deserve all the help they can get,” continued Lenglet. 

Donations can be made by clicking on https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/ForUkrainesTeachers