January 24, 2019 marks the first United Nations International Day of Education. The day was created to highlight the integral role education plays in peace and development.

Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind. According to the UN, today there are 262 million children and youth still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school.

Please pray that all children would receive their right to education and that governments and all stakeholders would make universal quality education a leading priority. Also pray that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities that help them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to access opportunities to participate fully in society and contribute to sustainable development.

Lastly, please pray for the educational theological training CBM facilitates in places like: Bethel Bible Institute, Thailand; Seminario Teologico Bautista, Bolivia; Institute of Evangelical Theology, in Rwanda; AEBR Regional Bible Schools, Rwanda; Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad; Kakinada Theological Seminary, Kakinada.