December 26, 2017

They said it in 2017 ... inspiring quotes about quality education for every child

Mohamad Al Jounde receives the International Children's Peace Prize from Malala Yousafzai

Photo credit: KidsRights

Getting every child in the world into school and learning is a huge challenge - especially with ongoing conflicts, refugee crises and natural disasters. Here are some of 2017's most memorable quotes about the struggle to give every child an education and protect them from harm.

This is not just about teaching reading and writing but giving young refugees a safe space to express themselves.

Learning should never be a dull task to complete but the greatest adventure to enjoy.

Elisa Guerra began with a programme for under-fives - and now has schools in three countries, a series of education books and international recognition for her work

Photo credit: Elisa Guerra

Working together, we can make the world a great deal better for boys and girls currently deprived of a chance of a decent education‎ - which is the cornerstone of everything else in life.

Mark Lowcock is the head of OCHA

It’s unacceptable that more than half of the world’s 1.6 billion young people will never have been to school by the year 2030 if we continue as we are. I’m telling the world about an opportunity to change that - and the future of the world’s children.

Shakira with children at a pre-primary school in Bangladesh

Photo credit: UNICEF

This is a victory over all the challenges that we face. We refuse to be any less than any other people in the world. It's a message to all students - don't you ever give up. Don't you ever break.

Afaf Raed Sharif celebrates winning the Arab Reading Challenge prize, with Dubai Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

Together, we can build a learning generation by 2030. We must invest in young people around the world. Education is the best investment available. Knowledge is key to the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Pictured, far left, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the handover of campaign signatures on the eve of the G20 summit in Germany

My wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to the education of the heart, teaching love, compassion, justice, forgiveness, mindfulness, tolerance and peace.

The Tibetan spiritual leader spoke about family and education in 2017

Photo credit: Dalai Lama

Let us commit to quality education for all of the world’s children. Financing education is the best investment we can make for a better world.

Antonio Guterres sits with two Syrian boys during a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos during his time at UNHCR

Photo credit: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

I will make education my priority.

Audrey Azoulay from France was chosen by UNESCO's executive board

Education gave me the strength to carry on. I wouldn’t be here without it.

Syrian refugee and education activist Muzoon Almellehan meets Nigerian refugee girls at a sewing workshop in Daresalam refugee camp in Chad

Photo credit: UNICEF / Sokhin

Dr Osotimehin was bold and never afraid of a challenge and his strong leadership helped keep the health and rights of the world’s women and girls high on the global agenda. He understood that the world’s 1.8 billion young people are truly its greatest hope for the future.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin at the UN General Assembly

Photo credit: UNFPA

As children, you should be in school holding pens, not guns.

Wilma Madato is a former child soldier

Photo credit: United Nations

The best response to violence is education so what can be better that building a school.

Filipo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Filippo Grandi plays with a displaced Syrian girl during a psychosocial support session for traumatised children at a UNHCR community centre in Homs.

Photo credit: Credit UNHCR / Bassam Diab

When I grow up I want to become a teacher and go back to Aleppo and teach the children of Aleppo.

Bana tweeted this picture in early December before leaving Aleppo

Photo credit: Twitter/@AlabedBana

Education is the best way to defeat Boko Haram for good.

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