Education is a human right and a public responsibility
24 January is Unesco’s international day of Education. Rightly emphasized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility. The NCCR Evolving Language strongly supports those key values through various Education and Equal opportunity programs.
Promoting education, gender equality and knowledge transfer across countries, the NCCR Evolving language is currently involved in several important initiatives. For instance, we launched a program where our female researchers -from the more advanced to junior positions- discuss with school students from Switzerland and from under-represented communities about their journey and research interests. The aim is to inspire, encourage and empower the next generations, especially teenage girls in Switzerland and abroad, into scientific careers.
Furthermore, some of our researchers working in the field collaborate with on-site education team for liaising with the local population in Budongo forest (Uganda) helping to preserve local wildlife and environments by sharing scientific knowledge. Additionally, they financially participate to international education by funding local schools in the Philippines and Paule Oula (Tai National Park, Ivory Coast) as well as giving courses on computer skills.