UNESCO’s educational work in PCPD settings is founded on the principle of securing access for all children and adult learners, in an inclusive manner, to education of the highest possible quality. A rights-based approach underpins this work, rooted in international human rights standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Central to this rights-based approach is the understanding that the right to education is both an end in itself and an enabling right; access to good quality education enables people to realize and enjoy other rights, such as the rights to work and freedom of expression.
UNESCO's mandate covers support to the education system as a whole, from the level of policymaking, educational planning and management, to curriculum development, teacher training and psychosocial support in the classroom. UNESCO views education broadly, and works to support early childhood development, primary, secondary and tertiary education, as well as technical and vocational education, life skills, literacy and other non-formal education. This broad view must be applied also and especially in post-conflict and post-disaster situations. Quality and system-wide approaches increase the effect of the humanitarian education response, and ensure that the humanitarian response lays the foundations for recovery and long-term development.