On World Philosophy Day, UN official urges critical thinking on inclusion, sustainability

Marking World Philosophy Day, the head the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today appealed to every professional, author and teacher worldwide to unleash the power of critical thinking, and urged the international community to engage in reasoned dialogue to help find common solutions to shared challenges.

UN chief designates renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang as Messenger of Peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated world-renowned pianist Lang Lang from China as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on global education.

More teachers – better trained and supported – needed to reach education targets, UN warns

There is a huge need for well-trained and well-supported teachers, United Nations officials today warned, marking World Teachers' Day with a call for the recruitment of millions of professionals, particularly in African and Arab States worst hit by the teacher shortage.

Millions of children denied education due to conflict – UN warns

Some 28.5 million children in countries affected by conflict are being denied access to learning, with tens of thousands of schools attacked or occupied by armed forces, heightening the risk they will never go to school or will drop out, the United Nations and its partners warned today, calling for urgent action.

On International Day, UN calls for investment in peace education

Education is vital for building peaceful societies and fostering global citizenship, senior United Nations officials today said marking the International Day of Peace with calls for greater investment in quality education and to reverse trends which show aid for schools and teachers dipping for the first time in a decade.

Marking International Day of Peace, UN highlights power of education to build tolerant societies

The United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace with a call to invest in education that encourages children to embrace global citizenship based on values of tolerance and diversity.

On International Day, UN spotlights literacy as foundation for a more sustainable future

United Nations senior officials highlighted the role of literacy in achieving a more sustainable future, stressing that knowledge can help combat poverty and improve people's livelihoods.

Armed conflict destroys hope of education for millions of world's children – UN report

Classrooms, teachers and pupils will continue to be seen as legitimate targets unless there is tougher action against human rights violations, an overhaul of global aid priorities and strengthened rights for displaced people, a new report by the United Nations educational agency warns, urging action on behalf of 28 million children out of school in the world's conflict zones.

At UN, Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism.

Ahead of Malala Yousafzai's UN visit, Ban spotlights universal right to education

With Malala Yousafzai's set to visit United Nations Headquarters on Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the importance of ensuring global access to quality education, and stressed that no girl or boy should face unsafe circumstances when exercising this basic right.