By Janhavi Lokegaonkar, Senior Research Associate, Maritime History Society
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on 03 Dec 18 that proclaimed January 24 as International Day of Education in recognition and celebration of the role of education that is instrumental in bringing global peace and sustainable development. This being the fourth year of the celebration, the theme of discussions at this pedestal is to highlight the transitions that have to be encouraged in the field of academia to build more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful futures. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a pre-existing education crisis worldwide. So, the objective is to strengthen education as a public endeavour and deliberate how to steer digital transformation in the post-COVID era. This will endorse support for academicians and unlock the potential in every individual to contribute towards the collective well-being of humankind.