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Birthday of the “Speaking Qur’an”

Quran

"It is He Who has sent down to you the Book. Parts of it are definitive verses, which are the Mother of the Book (Umm al-Kitab), while others are metaphorical. As for those in whose hearts is deviance, they pursue what is metaphorical in it, seeking mischief and seeking its interpretation (to suit their whims). But no one knows its (actual) interpretation except Allah and those firmly grounded in knowledge (Rasekhouna fi’l-Ilm); they say: "we believe in it; all of it is from our Lord.” And none takes admonition except those who possess intellect.” (Holy Qur’an: 3:7)

 

Achieving gender equality, empowering women and girls By Gita Sen

In a paper entitled “No empowerment without rights, no rights without politics”, that was written for a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) assessment project, we argued that: “…progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the development agenda requires a human

rights-based approach, and requires support for the women’s movement to activate and energize the agenda.

Sustainable Lifestyles

Globalization has made consumers powerful actors in our world economy. Our daily choices as consumers affect the lives of workers in distant places and the way people live. Sustainable consumption means buying goods and services that do not harm the environment, society, and the economy. Although it is predominantly an issue for high-income and emerging economies, consumption is an excellent entry point for teaching about sustainable development. Consumer education is practical, touching the daily lives of people near and far away. Local consumer action can have a global, social, economic, and environmental impact, both today and tomorrow. 

Education for the 21st Century

Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO’s mission has been to contribute to the building of peace, poverty eradication, lasting development and intercultural dialogue, with education as one of its principal activities to achieve this aim. The Organization is committed to a holistic and humanistic vision of quality education worldwide, the realization of everyone’s right to education, and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development.

Early Childhood Education

Introduction

All children have the right to education - a right that is expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and defended by EI within the framework of its global action campaign for accessible, free quality public education for all. Early childhood education (ECE) must be seen as an integral part of this right

Education for All

Introduction

One of the principal aims of Education International is to promote the right to education for all persons in the world. EI advocates for free quality public education for all. EI believes that education is a human right and a public good which should be accessible to all. It is the responsibility of public authorities to ensure that every child, youth and adult has access to high quality education appropriate to his or her needs. EI supports the Dakar Education for All (EFA) targets and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed in 2000 and has been consistently campaigning for their achievement by 2015.

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