11.11.2017 - ODG

Education International Honours Director-General

On 10 November, Education International, the world’s largest federation of teacher unions, recognized UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova as a Distinguished Associate, an honour only given once in the organization’s 25-year history.

The title is given in appreciation of the Director-General’s “unwavering commitment and dedication to the teaching profession, quality inclusive public education for all and the democratic principles that unite us”.

Presenting the award, Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education International, commended the Director-General for her frontline role in advocating for Sustainable Development Goal 4 and its related targets, as well as for her comprehensive vision of education. “You have always affirmed that education is the responsibility for the State and not a commodity; you have been an outspoken supporter of the teaching profession at a time when it is being challenged from all sides, and you have always asserted that education is not just about improving the economic performance of nations, it is about living together,” he said.

Expressing warm appreciation for the recognition, the Director-General applauded the constructive nature of the partnership with Education International, and the positive results of joint work. She recalled that “nothing can substitute for a good teacher” and reaffirmed that the challenge now lies in the implementation of the SDG4 targets.

 

 




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