Education For All (EFA)

UNESCO is committed to the realization of everyone’s right to education without discrimination or exclusion, by leading global efforts to achieve Education For All (EFA) and education-related Millennium Development Goals.

UNESCO works especially for the achievement of the following EFA building blocks.

Improving literacy rate

©UNESCO-2012 International Literacy Day poster

According to data from UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, 793 million adults – most of them girls and women - are illiterate.

UNESCO promotes Literacy for all, as fundamental right of human being, by encouraging governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to make literacy a policy priority.

The Organisation launched in particular the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), a global strategic framework through which all international stakeholders work for accelerate literacy efforts in 35 countries most in need.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics brings invaluable support by providing data on progress achieved.

Improving the quality of education

©UNESCO/Niamh Burke-Pupils in Adwa, Ethiopia

Ensuring quality education for all is fundamental for UNESCO. To attain this objective, UNESCO pays a specific attention to teachers’ formation, status and working conditions.

It launched in particular the Teacher Training Initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA), with the financial support of the European Union, to increase the quantity and improving the quality of the teaching force in this region.

Moreover, through its International Bureau for Education (IBE), UNESCO works for strengthening Member States’ capacity for the development of quality curricula.

Developing Technical and Vocational Education and Training

UNESCO recognizes the key role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for promoting economic growth and empowering marginalized groups, in particular women and youth.

UNESCO leads the global debate by advocating for the rethinking of TVET to enhance its role in developing more equitable and sustainable societies. From 14-16 May 2012 UNESCO convened the Third International Congress on TVET in Shanghai, ‘Transforming TVET: Building Skills for Work and Life’, which resulted in the adoption of the Shanghai Consensus.

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