Philosophy indispensable to education of younger generations :UNESCO

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World Philosophy Day

Today is World Philosophy Day.

It's being observed under the theme: "future generations".

And in a message marking the occasion, UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova reiterated the urgent need to pass on to young people the taste for philosophy, its rigour and its joys, from the earliest age.

She says UNESCO supports the practice of teaching philosophy in primary school and is committed to the democratization of philosophy, adding that it is one of the conditions of a more intelligent public debate and that is why philosophy is indispensable to the education of younger generations.

Ms. Bokova says philosophy is both a meeting point and the culmination of UNESCO's activities: it gives meaning to the content of culture and science, draws on the free movement of ideas and thrives on quality education for all.

In celebrating World Philosophy Day, UNESCO reaffirms the power of philosophy to change the world, because it can help us to change ourselves – by giving weight to our indignation before injustice, lucidity to ask the right questions, and conviction to defend human dignity.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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