“Jan. 24 is International Day of Education, a time to recognize the importance of education across the world.

“Education is a fundamental human right that benefits students, families and communities. Through education, we can inspire children and youth to reach new heights and provide them with opportunities to discover their unique skills and talents.

“Everyone deserves an education that prepares them for success, no matter where they live or what their personal circumstances might be. Robust learning opportunities help break the cycle of poverty and help build vibrant communities.

“With the unique challenges we face during the pandemic, I am so proud that students here in Alberta continue to receive a world-class, high-quality education that enriches their lives and prepares them for success beyond school.

“I would like to thank teachers, and everyone in the education system, for their hard work to make that possible.”