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Education for the Twenty-First Century: Problems, Priorities and Development Prospects

Education for the Twenty-First Century: Problems, Priorities and Development Prospects
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January 21 – February 17
International Organizations Reading Room (room 207g)

From January 21 to February 17, the thematic exhibition Education for the Twenty-First Century: Problems, Priorities and Development Prospects dedicated to the International Day of Education started in the Documents of International Organizations Reading Room (room 207g).

This is a completely new holiday. It was proclaimed by the General Assembly on December 3, 2018 (resolution A/RES/73/25) and is celebrated annually on January 24 since 2019.

The draft resolution was proposed by the delegation of Nigeria at the Global Education Meeting in Brussels and supported by 58 Member States, which demonstrated the political will to support inclusive, accessible and quality education for everyone.

The resolution recognizes that education plays a key role in building a sustainable and resilient society and contributes to the achievement of all 17 sustainable development goals. And Goal 4, in particular, provides inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning for everyone.

Education is the right of everyone, as stated in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It calls for free primary education for everyone. And the Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989, contains a provision on the obligation of states to ensure access to higher education for everyone. However, according to UNESCO, despite the increase in education over the past 50 years, there are still 750 million illiterate adults worldwide, 617 million children and adolescents lack basic reading and math skills, 262 million children and young people do not attend school.

The Member States noted the importance of taking measures to ensure inclusive and equal quality education at all levels by the International Education Day proclamation so that all people have an opportunity to continue their education throughout life, which would help them to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills and allow fully participate in society and contribute to sustainable development.

The national education of the Republic of Belarus is traditionally one of the highest values of the Belarusian people. In order to ensure the development of the education system and the implementation of state youth policy in the Republic of Belarus, the State program Education and Youth Policy for 2016–2020 has been approved and is in force. Eight thousand educational institutions of the country represent all educational levels, where 430 thousand educational system employees provide training and education for more than 3 million children, pupils and students.

The index of human development by educational indicators shows that the Republic of Belarus is among the states with a very high level of human development. This is indicated by such macro indicators as the adult literacy rate (99.7%), the coverage of the employed population with basic, general secondary and vocational education (98%). By the indicators of children entering primary and secondary schools, the number of students of higher educational institutions, Belarus is at the level of developed countries of EU and of the world. Every third resident of the republic is involved in education.

The exhibition presents about 80 documents in Russian, English and German. These are books, periodicals, brochures, booklets.

The exposition includes the following thematic sections:

  • Education for the Sustainable Development
  • From Primary Education to Higher School
  • Literacy and Basic Adult Education Life-Long Learning The Decade of Literacy: Education for All
  • Professional Education
  • International and Regional Cooperation in the Field of Education The Bologna Process International Exchanges
  • Education System and its Improvement in the Republic of Belarus

The exhibition is addressed to scientists and specialists in the field of education, university professors, secondary specialized educational institutions and secondary schools, graduate students, as well as everyone interested in modern problems of educational development.

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The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.
Admission is by library card or by the ticket of the library's social and cultural center.

For more info: (+375 17) 293 27 28.

Official Documents Service Department

Read also: Quality Education and Training Throughout Life for All


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