The Education Sector at a glance

Last update: May 5, 2022

As the leading UN agency for education, UNESCO has a staff of nearly 1,000 working at its Paris-based headquarters and spread across a global network of field offices, specialized institutes, centres and networks. The Sector is led by Assistant Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini

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UNESCO headquarters in Paris provides overall guidance for UNESCO’s action in education worldwide, working with colleagues from around the world. The Education Sector is composed of the Executive Office and five Divisions (Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems; Inclusion, Peace and Sustainable Development; Education 2030 Support, Future of Learning and Innovation and the Global Education Monitoring Report). Discover the Sector’s senior management team at Headquarters

Field offices

UNESCO supports its education programme across the world through its 53 field offices in Africa, the Arab States, Asia and Pacific, Europe and North America and Latin America and the Caribbean, where specialized staff establish strong working relationships with governments, development partners and civil society.  

Education institutes

Category 1 institutes are an integral part of UNESCO and help countries in their work on a wide range of education challenges from policy to adult literacy.  

Global networks

UNESCO also works through its extensive global education networks including: 

Education centres

Category 2 centres are independent, privileged partners of UNESCO which contribute to the implementation of its education programme and raise its profile at country level in their different areas of excellence.