Civil Society and Non-governmental Organizations

Civil society and non-governmental organizations include campaign and research networks, teachers’ unions and religious organizations, community associations, parent and student associations, and social movements. Some 3700 UNESCO clubs, centres and associations throughout the world are made up of volunteers, who are of all ages and nationalities. They form networks for advocacy, lobbying and information exchange and are active at both the national and international level.

Other important partners include the Global Campaign for Education and Education International.  

When the international community adopted the Dakar Framework for Action in 2000, they pledged to ensure the broad engagement of civil society in all aspects of educational development. This includes participation in formulating, implementing and monitoring educational policy.

The Collective Consultation of Non-Governmental Organizations on EFA (CCNGO/EFA) is a key mechanism to facilitate civil society participation in the Dakar follow-up. It connects UNESCO, civil society networks, coalitions and organizations around the world. Members of the CCNGO are invited to regional and global EFA meetings and other UNESCO consultations and conferences.

The UNESCO/NGO Collective Consultation on Higher Education consists of 60 organizations representing all areas of the higher education community: regional university associations, student organizations, women’s groups, teachers’ associations, as well as organizations specialized in counselling, research, educational assessment and exchange. It acts as a think tank to assist UNESCO in the orientation of its higher education programme, and participates in its implementation.  

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