Learning for Lasting Peace

Today marks the International Day of Education, a worldwide celebration that unites people in appreciating the transformative powers of education.  As we join the world in honouring this occasion, let's explore the topical theme for this year's Education Day: 'Learning for Lasting Peace.' 

‘Learning for Lasting Peace’ refers to education as perhaps the most potent tool to bring about peace, affirm human rights and propel sustainable development. The theme honours new documentation on education for peace put forth by UNESCO called a Recommendation. The initiative is a response to a surge in conflict, discrimination, racism, xenophobia and hate speech; making available a comprehensive framework of actionable steps that illustrates how to harness education to realise peace. It adeptly weaves together diverse socio-issues and themes, positioning education as the universal thread that binds them.

The 1974 Recommendation serving as the precursor to the latest one, foresaw the evolving challenges of the modern world. It called for the formulation of a new blueprint to address emerging gaps. Today, peace is more than just the absence of violence and conflict. Peace is a positive process that nurtures a sense of responsibility towards ourselves, each other and the planet we share. To fulfil the target of lasting peace, education must extend beyond basic reading and writing, and encompass emotional intelligence, empathy and the development of critical thinking, stewardship and responsibility.

Since our humble beginnings in 2003, the pursuit of lasting peace through education has been more than just a component of our work in Tanzania — it serves as the core of our efforts. Education stands as our top priority, and we are devoted to enhancing the accessibility and quality of learning in rural communities that would otherwise face a serious absence. Our approach is holistic, nurturing emotional intelligence beyond the boundaries of the curriculum. Having observed the positive process of peace as a direct result of access to quality education, it remains a driving force in our ongoing initiatives.

Did you know that 16% of girls in Tanzania miss school due to menstruation?

This statistic highlights a significant barrier to girls' access to quality education. Challenges such as the lack of sanitary protection, inadequate sanitation facilities at school and the stigma surrounding menstruation in the community contribute to girls disengaging from education or abandoning it altogether.


EdUKaid is actively working to enhance access to education for girls by addressing and overcoming barriers, thereby encouraging them to pursue higher levels of education.

Our inclusivity initiative exemplifies this commitment; utilising education to enhance school accessibility for girls. Recognising the pivotal role of education in fostering inclusivity, we provide teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to address the unique needs of students including organising weekly girls' clubs. Also, implementing an inclusive education program through community meetings, radio broadcasts and district-wide promotional events.

Projects such as our sustainable sanitary towel initiative, plus the installation of sanitation units, aid in ameliorating girls’ menstrual hygiene and empower them to manage this natural process with dignity. Through our support, resources, and, importantly, education, we aim for a future where no girl is left behind.

Did you know that 95% of disabled children in Tanzania receive no formal education?

This highlights a significant gap in accessibility and highlights the urgent need for targeted efforts to address and improve educational opportunities for disabled children in Tanzania. Cultural beliefs and a limited understanding of disabilities have led to misconceptions and stigmatisation.

Our inclusivity initiative is actively working to destigmatise disability by providing education to parents and other children. In parallel, we are dedicated to equipping teachers with the necessary skills to deliver quality education for children with special educational needs. Education plays a crucial role in dispelling myths to bring about peace, a positive process that cultivates a sense of responsibility towards ourselves and each other. Through these efforts, we aim to create an inclusive educational environment that ensures every child has the opportunity to learn and thrive.

Final note

International Day of Education serves as a timely reminder of our common goal: peace through education. Together, we can eliminate barriers, challenge stigmas, and ensure that every child, regardless of gender or ability, has equal access to quality education. A proper celebration of Education Day would be incomplete without voicing gratitude to the dedicated and passionate teachers who shape the minds of the next generation – thank you.

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