UNESCO believes that everyone has the right to education. That’s why it promotes a holistic view of lifelong learning that includes early childhood, primary, secondary, and higher education, work skills for youth and adults and literacy - a fundamental right and the foundation for lifelong learning. Education for women and girls in particular translates into lifetime benefits including higher incomes and lower child and maternal mortality.

UNESCO considers education to be the best insurance against poverty. It stresses the importance of education for sustainable human development and supports countries to improve access and quality and to redress inequalities in their education systems.  

UNESCO champions the efforts of 75 million teachers to provide quality education, and advocates for the training and recruitment of an additional 2 million teachers to achieve Education for All by 2015.

UNESCO believes that education remains the best vaccine against HIV. As the lead agency in EDUCAIDS, the Organizaton supports education programmes on HIV to provide accurate and reliable information about how people can prevent HIV, about treatment, and caring for people living with HIV.

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