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The International Day of Education, observed globally on 24th January, is “dedicated to promoting the significance of education in fostering peace and sustainable development”. For us in the early years industry, it's an opportunity to infuse excitement into learning while involving both children and staff in a celebration that transcends the early years setting.  

In this article, we'll explore the essence of the day and discuss engaging activities that can benefit both children and staff, along with strategies to get parents actively involved in the celebration. 

Understanding The International Day Of Education 

Declared by the United Nations, aims to underline the transformative power of education and advocate for its accessibility to all. It serves as a reminder that it's not only a fundamental human right but also a key driver of progress and development worldwide. 

International Day of Education: How Did It All Begin? 

In December 2018, January 24th was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of Education, to celebrate and reflect on the importance of learning for development and peace. Imparting education is not limited to institutions; each of us has a duty to promote quality education. What most of us likely take for granted, allowing access to education can lift many out of poverty and pave the path for a promising future. 

According to UNESCO’s statistical data, an estimated 258 million children are not in school. The situation is worse for marginalised communities, those living in areas with higher inequality, and underdeveloped countries. The bitter reality is that there are countless societies around the world today where education is dismissed as unnecessary. 

International Day of Education is a call for action - bringing individuals, civil society, and policymakers to take solid steps towards ensuring that education is given to children, as well as improving youth engagement. Learning programmes should be designed for the needs of different demographics, converging to one main goal; equipping children for employment and better futures.

Here's How To Get The children, The Team And The Parents Involved In Education!  

Global Learning Adventures 

Transport children on a journey around the world by organising activities that explore different cultures, languages, and traditions. Incorporate storytelling, music, and art to make the learning experience immersive and enjoyable. 

Creative Arts And Crafts 

Engage children in hands-on activities like creating their own crafts related to different countries. This not only enhances their creativity but also reinforces concepts. 

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Professional Development Sessions 

Plan professional development sessions for staff to explore innovative teaching methods, discuss current trends in early childhood learning, and share best practices. This can contribute to their continuous growth as educators. 

Collaborative Learning 

Foster a collaborative learning environment among staff members. Encourage the sharing of ideas, strategies, and success stories, creating a supportive community within your setting. 

Reflective Practice Sessions 

Organise sessions where staff can reflect on their teaching practices and share insights. This can enhance self-awareness and contribute to a culture of continuous improvement. 

Involving Parents In International Day Of Education

Open Day Celebrations 

Designate a special day for parents to visit the early years setting. Showcase children's projects, conduct demonstrations of learning activities, and involve parents in interactive sessions. 

Communication Channels 

Utilise various communication channels such as newsletters, emails, and social media to keep parents informed about the significance of the International Day of Education. Share updates on planned activities and encourage their active participation. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

Provide parents with opportunities to volunteer in organising and participating in events. This not only strengthens the sense of community but also demonstrates the collective commitment. 

Supporting Charities 

Aligning itself with the objectives of the UN’s International Day of Education, Parenta’s charity, the Parenta Trust, aims to support disadvantaged children across the world by providing them with the opportunity to receive a quality pre-school education, in a safe and loving environment. It is committed to helping orphaned and underprivileged children across the world reach their full potential. The charity’s mission is to make a difference to these children’s lives and give them the best possible start - one that every child deserves. You can find out more about the early years charity at www.parentatrust.com. 

As we celebrate in early years settings, let's embrace the opportunity to create a joyful and enriching learning experience for children, staff, and parents alike. By fostering a sense of global awareness, collaboration, and continuous improvement, we contribute to the holistic development of our young learners and nurture a community that values education as a beacon of progress. Together, let's make every day an educational celebration! 

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