UNESCO's role in Education

Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO has worked towards the improvement of Education worldwide believing it to be key to social and economic development. The themes in the Education sector include: Early Childhood, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education, Literacy, HIV and Aids Education, Teacher Education, among others.

The mission of the UNESCO Education Sector is to: 

  • Provide international leadership to create learning societies with educational opportunities for all populations.
  • Provide expertise and foster partnerships to strengthen national educational leadership and the capacity of countries to offer quality education for all.
  • Work as an intellectual leader, an honest broker and clearing house for ideas, propelling both countries and the international community to accelerate progress towards these goals.
  • Facilitate the development of partnerships and monitor progress, in particular by publishing an annual Global Monitoring Report that tracks the achievements of countries and the International Community towards the six Education for All (EFA) goals.  

To fulfill the above mentioned mission, the UNESCO Education Sector focuses on four main lines of action:

  • Accelerating progress towards Education for All (EFA), in particular at country level
  • Building quality inclusive education systems
  • Supporting education system responses to contemporary challenges for sustainable development and culture of peace and non-violence
  • Reinforcing leadership for Education for All (EFA) through advocacy, partnership and monitoring.