Education is an essential element of global development. Posts play an important role in connecting communities with lifelong learning opportunities, contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 4 on ensuring quality education.
Posts have historically encouraged literacy amongst young people through pen pal clubs and letter-writing campaigns. They facilitate the delivery of important reading materials, such as newspapers and magazines and support distance-learning by delivering educational resources and homework. In many countries, Posts also provide a means for people to register for higher education and pay their school fees.
These services are especially important to people living in remote areas or with visual impairments and restricted mobility, making the Post a focal point for inclusive and equitable education.
The UPU is also working to promote education through the Post via its annual International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People, which encourages more than a million children each year to express their ideas on a topical subject.
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