International Awareness Days in January 2022

With so many things going on around the world, we must raise awareness of these issues concerning us and the people on this planet. One such way of doing so is by observing international days and weeks that are occasions held to educate the public on issues of concern. These Awareness days are commemorated “to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity,” says the UN.

We have compiled a long list of all the Awareness Days marked in January 2022 that you should know of to help bring about a change.

January 4, 2022

World Braille Day

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Braille (named after its inventor in 19th century France, Louis Braille) is a tactile representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols. It uses six dots to represent each letter and number, and even musical, mathematical, and scientific symbols and is used by blind and partially sighted people to read the same books and periodicals as those printed in a visual font.

It is essential in the context of education, freedom of expression and opinion, as well as social inclusion. This is reflected in article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ‘World Braille Day’ has been celebrated since 2019. The Day is “observed to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.”

Visit the UN website to learn more about ‘World Braille Day’: HERE

 

January 14, 2022

World Logic Day

“Logic is ever-present: when you use AI software, when you turn on your computer, when you develop an argument. Logic is a contemporary universal. Yet despite being surrounded by logic, we remain quite unaware of its ubiquity. We often apply logic without knowing that we are doing so. Thus to draw attention to the importance of logic in the development of knowledge, UNESCO has proclaimed 14 January World Logic Day,” says Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

“The proclamation of ‘World Logic Day’ by UNESCO, in association with the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), intends to bring the intellectual history, conceptual significance, and practical implications of logic to the attention of interdisciplinary science communities and the broader public,” as per UNESCO.

Logic is undeniably relevant to the development of knowledge, sciences, and technologies. However, there is little public awareness of the importance of logic. Therefore, this dynamic and global annual celebration of ‘World Logic Day’ aims at fostering international cooperation.

The Day also “aims at promoting the development of logic, in both research and teaching, supporting the activities of associations, universities and other institutions involved with logic,” as per the UNESCO website. It enhances public understanding of logic and its implications for science, technology, and innovation, and furthermore, observing ‘World Logic Day’ can also contribute to the “promotion of a culture of peace, dialogue, and mutual understanding, based on the advancement of education and science.”

Visit the UNESCO website to learn more about the ‘World Logic Day’: HERE

 

January 24, 2022

International Day of Education

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The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education. It is marked to celebrate the “role of education for peace and development as without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality,” as per the UNESCO website.

The fourth ‘International Day of Education’ will be celebrated on 24 January 2022. Its theme is “Changing Course, Transforming Education” and this year’s celebration will be a platform to showcase the most important transformations that have to be nurtured to realize everyone’s fundamental right to education. This includes building more sustainable, inclusive, and peaceful futures.

The observance of the day will “generate debate around how to strengthen education as a public endeavor and common good.” It will give rise to debates about “how to steer the digital transformation, support teachers, safeguard the planet and unlock the potential in every person to contribute to collective well-being and our shared home,” according to the UNESCO website.

Visit the UNESCO website to learn more about the ‘International Day of Education’: HERE
Visit the United Nations website to learn more about the ‘International Day of Education’: HERE

 

World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture

‘World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture’ is held on January 24 every year. It celebrates the many vibrant cultures of the African continent and African Diasporas around the world. The Day “promotes them as an effective lever for sustainable development, dialogue, and peace and as a rich source of the world’s shared heritage, promoting African and Afrodescendant culture is crucial for the development of the continent, and for humanity as a whole,” states UNESCO.

Celebration of the ‘World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture’ “strengthens the role of culture in promoting peace on the continent and there is much to learn, share and celebrate on this day,” as per UNESCO.

Visit the UNESCO website to learn more about the ‘World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture’: HERE

 

January 27, 2022

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January, 1945. Every year around the day UNESCO pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, according to the UNESCO website.

It “reaffirms its unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence,” as per UNESCO. The Day was officially proclaimed in November 2005 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Visit the UNESCO website to learn more about the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust: HERE

 

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