2023 International Day of Education with FoE

January 24, 2023

The fifth International Day of Education is celebrated on January 24, 2023 under the theme "to invest in people, prioritize education". Read the official UNESCO statement below: 

"Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed January 24 as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

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.

Today, 244 million children and youth are out of school, and 771 million adults are illiterate. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable. It's time to transform education."

For more information and to read the complete message, visit

Did You Know: Since 1996, the International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) in the Faculty’s Professional Development Program has provided student teachers the opportunity to explore life and education in countries like Mexico, India, China, Mali, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Reflections on the International Day of Education

Dr. Kris Magnusson, Dean pro tem, reflects on the theme of "investing in people, prioritizing education", what that can look like and how we can move from platitudes to making a difference. 

Francophone Education in B.C.: Rising to the Evolving Challenges

Gino LeBlanc, Director of the SFU Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs, discusses how we can support teachers to rise to the challenge of ensuring inclusive, equitable education and lifelong opportunities for French-language communities.

Community Persistence and Inventiveness in Learning Continuity in Situations of Emergencies & Protracted Crisis

Dr. Suzanne Smythe discusses her recent research project (in collaboration with Dr. Nathalie Sinclair, Amea Wilbur and Marcella Macilla-Fuller) which explored the experiences of community organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did You Know: Friends of Simon, an award winning SFU Faculty of Education initiative, aims to enhance the educational experiences of immigrant and refugee children and youth through after-school tutoring and mentoring sessions.