International Day of Education

24 JAN 2023

The International Day of Education, celebrated annually on January 24th, is an initiative of the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of education as a fundamental human right. This day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made in providing access to education for all, as well as to highlight the challenges that still need to be addressed.

Education is essential for the personal and professional development of individuals and for the social and economic development of countries. It enables people to acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to participate fully in society and to lead fulfilling lives. Education also plays a key role in breaking the cycle of poverty, promoting gender equality, and fostering peace and understanding between different cultures and communities.

Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, there are still millions of children around the world who do not have access to education. In many low-income countries, poverty and lack of resources are major barriers to education, while in other parts of the world, discrimination and marginalization prevent certain groups of people from accessing education.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on education, causing widespread school closures and disruptions to learning. This has highlighted the importance of digital technologies as a means of providing access to education, but has also highlighted the digital divide and the need to ensure that all students have access to the technology and resources they need to continue learning.

To address these challenges, the United Nations has set a number of goals and targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including ensuring that all children have access to a quality education and eliminating gender disparities in education by 2030. This requires a concerted effort from governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector.

The International Day of Education is a reminder of the importance of education for all and the need to continue working towards providing access to education for everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances. It is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made and to recommit to addressing the challenges that still remain. Education is a fundamental human right and is essential for the personal and professional development of individuals, and for the social and economic development of countries. This year UNESCO’s theme is “to invest in people, prioritize education”.


Crimson Access Opportunity

Jamie Beaton, the co-founder and CEO of Crimson Global Academy, is a true education visionary. He founded Crimson, the world’s leading university admissions support company, in 2013 after applying to 25 of the world’s best universities and being accepted to all of them. He has always worked to identify and break down the barriers that students face to receiving a quality education.

To learn more about Beaton and his personal journey, as well as his vision for Crimson, you can read a letter from Beaton here.

In 2020, Crimson Education created the Crimson Access Opportunity (CAO) program. CAO aims to provide high-achieving students who need financial support with free access to Crimson’s renowned US admissions support.

In a mission to equalize the global college admissions playing field, CAO students have access to teams of top US university admissions experts who support students in perfecting every element of their US applications. CAO’s aim is to help these students stand out above an increasingly competitive application crowd — making sure they have every chance of achieving the success they deserve.

CAO has seen great success, with students accepted to top universities like Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke, Tufts, Bowdoin, and many more! The 2021-2022 cohort of CAO students received over $8 million in financial support. These included 9 Ivy League acceptances and 28 top 50 college acceptances as well. Also, for the 2022-2023 cohort students have already received more than $4 million just in the early round this year from the universities they were accepted to!


What kind of support do CAO students receive?

Students selected for the CAO Program receive expert strategy and application mentoring services from Crimson completely free of charge, delivered by our incredible Strategists and Application Mentors who support students in crafting a compelling application narrative that maximizes their admissions chances at their dream universities.

  • Expert Guidance and Insight - Guidance on developing a balanced school list and competitive application strategy, including advice on standardized testing strategies
  • Full Application Support - Support on submitting 4 university applications through a US application platform
  • College Essay Development - Extensive support on essay brainstorming and editing for the personal statement, 4 universities’ essay supplements, and 1 set of scholarship essays
  • Interview Preparation - Guidance on how to stand out in a university admissions interview
  • Financial Aid Consulting - 5 hours of expert guidance from a financial aid consultant and access to valuable webinars and resources on financial assistance at US universities
  • Professional Essay Review - Detailed and comprehensive essay reviews from Crimson's Essay Review Team (they’re like our in-house admissions committee!)
  • Access to Comprehensive Resources - Access to Crimson’s incredible bevy of free resources — including flyers, timelines, eBooks, admissions-related webinars, masterclasses, and more!
  • Senior Strategy Review - In-depth review of a completed application form by a senior strategist at Crimson to maximize your application's full potential

Interested in learning more about the CAO programme?

The Crimson Access Opportunity Scholarship aims to help high-achieving students who need financial support.