The 2017 observance of the International Day of Families focused on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the Day was to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.
2017 International Day of Families’ Theme
The Day highlighted the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children. It focused on good practices for work-family balance to assist parents in their educational and caregiving roles. Good practices from the private sector in support of working parents, as well as youth and older persons in the workplace were also highlighted.
The Day also aimed to discuss the importance of “knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development” (SDG4, target 4.7).