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Education transforms lives and lies at the heart of UNESCO’s mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development. The Education Sector provides global and regional leadership in education, strengthens education systems worldwide and responds to contemporary global challenges through education. The Education Sector aims to promote education as a human right for all throughout life and believes that access must be matched by quality. Its work encompasses educational development from pre-school to higher education and beyond. The Education Sector in UNESCO New Delhi serves 6 countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka).  

UNESCO is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education and has been entrusted to lead the Global Education 2030 Agenda through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4. 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious, aspirational and universal agenda that aims to eradicate poverty through peace and sustainable development by 2030. Ambitions for education are essentially captured in SDG 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

The Sector aims to strengthen Member States’ efforts in accelerating progress towards the achievement of SDG 4 through focused programming in the areas of: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), Secondary Education (Out-Of-School Children), Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Higher Education, Literacy and Life-long learning, Teachers, Gender Equality, Inclusive Education, Information and communication technology (ICT) in Education, HIV/AIDS & Adolescent Reproductive Health and Youth Health Services. 

Further, it will enhance sector-wide policy formulation, planning, monitoring and evaluation for achieving the Global Education 2030 Agenda.

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