UNESCO’s strategy is based on a comprehensive approach, recognizing the indivisibility and interdependence of all rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
The key instruments of UNESCO that determine this strategy include the Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1974) and the Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (1995).
Framed within the World Programme for Human Rights Education, the Organization’s strategy consists of mobilizing both individuals and institutions to ensure a successful human rights education programme. UNESCO operates on both formal and non-formal education systems and targets a wide range of beneficiaries. Learning should focus on the acquisition of values, attitudes and skills. The Organization and its partners focus on:
- Enhancement of policy dialogue to assist Member States in ensuring the right to education for every child and in promoting education for human rights, democratic citizenship, peace and non-violence and intercultural education; including establishment of frameworks and guidelines
- Support to national and local capacities for human rights education, through co-operation in the development of projects and programmes at national and sub-regional levels; including elaboration of teaching and learning materials
- Strengthening partnerships with other UN agencies for the establishment of a common framework for a human rights-based approach to Education for All (EFA) in the different regions;
- Advocacy and networking activities.