Opening the door to everyone

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Opening the door to everyone

UNESCO’s strategy is to project more prominently the constitutional mission of the Organisation for the right to education. In line with the UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education, the core strategy is the pursuit of the fundamental principle of equality of educational opportunities for all without discrimination or exclusion.

UNESCO maintains dialogue with Member States in order to assist them in overcoming obstacles to the realization of the right to education. Issues such as educational deprivation, inequity and disparity in education are addressed with a view to achieving the right to education for all. A main concern is more effective monitoring of instruments in the field of education. Emphasis is placed on capacity-building and UNESCO provides technical assistance to Member States in modernizing national legislation. Awareness-raising campaigns, the undertaking and dissemination of research and studies and training programmes form part of strategic actions. These are undertaken in collaboration with professional bodies working in the field of the right to education.

UNESCO works at raising public debate on the issues, allowing for a better understanding of the significance of the normative action contributing to advancing the Education for All (EFA) process, with a focus on the right to education. Mobilizing stakeholders is part of the strategic approach. UNESCO works in close collaboration with the UN system and the office of High Commissioner for Human Rights to better serve Member States and to promote the realization of the right to education.

Therefore the programme strategy is three-fold:

  • Advocacy and technical assistance to fulfil legal obligations relating to the right to education; 
  • The promotion of studies and raising public debates on the principles of right to education in collaboration with Intellectual Community;
  • Cooperation with UN Human Rights treaty bodies, especially the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in the monitoring of the right to education.
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