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Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the General Assembly sends a message on the International Day of Education and Lifelong Learning
22 Jan 2021 -  “This International Day of Education and Lifelong Learning is like no other, as we contend with the greatest disruption to education in the history of the United Nations.
Today, over 300 million students are out of school, and almost 1.6 billion learners have experienced a disruption in education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I commend all teachers, who have adapted their classrooms and undertaken remote lessons in order to ensure continuity in education. I also applaud parents, who have done their utmost to facilitate learning at home.
Above all, I am thinking of all students around the world who are struggling to learn at home, perhaps missing their friends, feeling frustrated or despondent about the future. Do not despair. You will get through this difficult period and you will pursue your dreams.
It is up to the Member States to ensure this becomes a reality. We need to take urgent action in this Decade of Action and Delivery to invest in our education systems, including improving access to technology so that we can recover from this tumultuous period.
If we are to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, we need to build resilient, inclusive education systems that allow all students to return to school. To do so, we must meet the needs of those at risk of being left behind. Including children with disabilities and those living in conflict-affected areas, as well as the 11 million girls who are at risk of not re-entering the classroom.
Now is the time to re-commit to education.
I thank you”.