Silicon Valley Chief of Protocol Deanna Tryon traveled to United Nations Headquarters in New York last week to speak on behalf of a resolution proclaiming January 24th as “International Day of Education”. All 193 member nations later voted unanimously to support the resolution, which was introduced by Nigeria and co-sponsored by Ireland, Qatar, and Singapore. Other sponsors included the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Children’s Fund, UN Women, the Collegiate Congress, and others.
Silicon Valley Chief of Protocol Deanna Tryon speaking at United Nations Headquarters prior to the passage of the Resolution declaring January 24th the International Day of Education
Silicon Valley Chief of Protocol Deanna Tryon speaking at United Nations Headquarters prior to the passage of the Resolution declaring January 24th the International Day of Education.
Tryon noted in her remarks that major Silicon Valley corporations, such as Facebook and Twitter, were already working to help “level the playing field” for developing nations through improved educational opportunities.
Tryon explained that many Silicon Valley corporations are making efforts worldwide to increase educational opportunities, but wish to expand their outreach where it will do the most good. Tryon’s office is “serving as a bridge” between Silicon Valley and developing nations. She also referenced local initiatives that support the UN’s goals. Her comments received a round of applause from the audience, as she noted: “where there is a will, there is a way.”
Tryon stated that there has never been a UN formal recognition of the importance of education in the global community, and she applauded the UN’s efforts in this regard.
The resolution called on the UN Member States, organizations of the UN system, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, individuals and others to observe the International Day of Education. UNESCO, the specialized United Nations agency for education, will facilitate the annual observance of the Day in collaboration with the education community worldwide.
Chief Temitope Ajayi of Silicon Valley Nigerian Economic Development, Inc., #SVNED advocated for the adoption of the resolution and worked with supporters from many nations to achieve the unanimous vote.
The worldwide “Day of Education” promotes numerous existing and proposed programs, and addresses United Nations priorities, including the “need for achieving sustainable development”. The Nigerian mission referenced the UN’s Millennium Development Goal #4, recognizing that “education plays a key role in building sustainable and resilient societies.” The international celebration every January 24th will help “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education in all world nations,” according to the sponsors.
President & Co-founder of SV-NED Denise Williams was quoted “While my absence at the United Nations 🇺🇳 was indeed felt both by the delegates and myself. I do want to stress my commitment to moving #SVNED agendas ahead, and a true leader makes necessary sacrifices to assure all basis are covered at all times. However, I am extremely proud of the Ajayi #Women in my life, Chief Temitope Ajayi & Lilian Ajayi-Orethat showed up and showed out, unitedly.”
Other speakers included New York State Assemblymember Jaime R. Williams, Ms. Katherine Elizabeth Fleming, Provost, New York University, Ms. Kalindi Doshi, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jennifer Dooley Neumaier, LinkedIn, and Lillian Ajayi-Ore, founder and Executive Director of Global Connections for Women Foundation#GC4W, who spoke on the need for strengthening public/private partnerships, and pointed to Microsoft Education/Skype in the classroom providing access to digital learning resources for over 5 million teachers worldwide.
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