UNESCO International Day of Education at KPIS

The staff and students of KPIS International School celebrated UNESCO’s (the United Nations educational department) annual International Day of Education on Friday, January 31, 2020.

In 2018, the UN declared that January 24th was to be the International Day of Education, and the first such celebration was in 2019. For 2020, KPIS initiated our own International Day of Education for January 31st, as we celebrated Chinese New Year on the previous Friday. To our knowledge, KPIS is the only school in Bangkok to celebrate this International Day of Education.

The rationale for the International Day of Education came from the UN Charter, Article 26 of the Declaration of Human Rights, which declared that education is a human right. UNESCO then declared that education is the key to global peace and sustainable development.

For 2020, the themes are: ‘Learning for People, Planet, Prosperity, and Peace’, and that education creates humanity’s greatest renewable resource.

KPIS prepared for our Education Day by collecting exemplars of student work to be displayed in the Breezeway for the afternoon; hosting an assembly where the themes were presented, and videos on the importance of education and famous educators who changed the world were shown. Student speakers advanced their charitable projects for Burmese refugee students, and teachers shared their personal family experiences as to how education changed their families’ lives through generations.

The culminating activity was having the House Teams create posters on the four themes: celebrating the many ways learning can empower people, preserve the planet, build shared prosperity, and foster peace. These posters will be displayed in the Commons Room.

In addition, we’ll have a secondary school essay contest where students have the chance to express their ideas related to the four themes. Winners will be announced during Friday, February 7th’s morning assembly.

KPIS will continue to host an annual celebration of the International Day of Education as part of our commitment to our four ESLRs: that we are Effective Communicators; Lifelong Learners; Global Citizens; and Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers.