A UNESCO image tile featuring a young girl looking seriously at the viewer, with text overlay that reads "Teach grammar and also solidatity."

This year, UNESCO dedicated the International Day of Education on 24 January to the crucial role education and teachers play in countering hate speech, a phenomenom which has snowballed in recent years with the use of social media, damaging the fabric of our societies.

Hate speech fuels prejudice and discrimination and can enable and normalize violence. Its recent global escalation, amplified by the use of social media and exacerbated by new and protracted crises in different regions, severely impacts the safety and security of communities around the world. On this day, UNESCO urges its member states to prioritize education as a tool for promoting societies which value human dignity and peace.

Read more about UNESCO activities to mark the International Day of Education 2024.

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