On the Importance of Education


The United Nations General Assembly declared January 24th as the International Day of Education, with the aim of promoting the role of education in spreading peace and enhancing human and social development.

Education must become a key heritage available to everyone, complete and deprived of any ideological colonization. One cannot isolate teaching about values from the social context in which it operates. Education is based on values and there is no education or nurture without education.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stated: ''Without inclusive and just quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the poverty cycle that neglects millions of children, young people, and adults.''  

Education must be a priority throughout the world, not the privilege of the minority because only quality educated people can contribute to the overall process, but they are also the drivers of social activities. Those involved in the education process, whether they are educators or those who are learning, participate in creating the climate within the scope of their action.

The International Council of the University of Rijeka set one of the most important questions: how can universities respond to the technological, economic, scientific and social changes we witness and which we will experience in the next decades? The answer lies, simply, in meaningful, focused and tailor-made education that follows and quickly adapts to new trends and market needs. But, broadly speaking, education as such should not be seen solely as acquiring the knowledge necessary for a future profession, nor is it exclusively a preparation for work. Education gives us the opportunity to develop our personality, feelings of good and bad, true and false, just and unjust. Education is one of the foundations of life and the existential need of every man. It is a process that takes place in educational institutions, but also outside them. Education is at the same time the social process and the best indicator of its success. It never comes to its full end, but it is the way of achieving all the values.

Education is a human right, public good, and public responsibility.

By educating ourselves we become better.


Madam Rector  

Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D.


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