In order to achieve education for all, UNESCO aspires to make quality textbooks and other pedagogical materials available to all learners.

This objective can be reached through:

  • Policy development: helping regions and countries develop policies for textbooks and learning materials that accelerate progress towards Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Quality improvement: promoting textbook content and design that is consistent with the quality education framework.
  • Increased availability: helping Member States develop sustainable ways to make textbooks and learning materials more available

Related Links

UNESCO Guidebook on Textbook Research and Textbook Revision, second updated edition, 2010

Inter-regional Experts' Meeting: Thinking and Building Peace through Innovative Textbook Design; Paris; 2007

Promoting gender equality through textbooks: a methodological guide, 2009

Plan of action: World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005)
Page 25 contains a section pertinent to textbooks.


UNESCO Itersectoral Platform on a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

Cromer, S. & Hassani-Idrissi, M. (2011). Échanges humains et culturels en Méditerranée dans les manuels scolaires, un thème d’actualité », Tréma:

Gender in Education Network in Asia-Pacific (GENIA) Toolkit: Promoting Gender Equality in Education.  UNESCO Bangkok, 2009

Atlas mondial de l’égalité du genre en éducation. UNESCO, Paris, 2012




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