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We implement UNESCO’s Education programme through four pillars:

⚖️ Legal framework Step n°1
📕 Policy advice Step n°2
🎓 Expert Advice Step n°3
📍 Sites & initiatives Step n°4

We monitor legal instruments the UK has ratified as a member of UNESCO, work with leading experts to advise the UK and devolved governments on UNESCO programmes and support UNESCO designations in the UK.

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“As an empowerment right, education is the primary vehicle by which economically and socially marginalised adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty, and obtain the means to participate fully in their communities.”

Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General (1999-2009)

Education

Introduction

Discover UNESCO’s education programme in the UK. Find out more about UNESCO’s role in setting global standards, its influence on the ground and meet some of the UK’s world-leading experts.

UNESCO believes access to quality education throughout our life is a fundamental human right, regardless of our background and is an essential bedrock to building peace and delivering development.

The seeds of UNESCO’s work were formed in the minds of ministers of education during the Second World War and UNESCO has galvanised international collaboration on education through its standard setting frameworks and monitoring, the Education for All programme and its global action plan on Education for Sustainable Development.

Now, as the only United Nations body with a mandate that covers all aspects of education, UNESCO has been entrusted with leading and monitoring worldwide action to deliver the targets in the Sustainable Development Goal on quality education for all.

The UK and devolved Governments are committed to fulfilling UNESCO’s action on education globally by providing equal and quality education, ensuring that everyone has the chance to reach their potential and live a more fulfilled life.

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UNESCO establishes an international normative framework through its Conventions, Recommendations and other agreements

⚖️   #LegalFramework step n°1

EDUCATION FRAMEWORK

UNESCO establishes international frameworks for Education through Conventions and other agreements.

At the heart of UNESCO’s legal framework in the sphere of Education lies a suite of Educational Conventions and Recommendations. Together they establish a robust international framework for promoting education and equal participation and therefore laying the foundation for sustainable development.

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RATIFIED CONVENTIONS

ALL UNESCO FRAMEWORK

Discover the full repertoire of UNESCO frameworks, from our standard setting instruments to our institutes and centres.

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The UK National Commission for UNESCO informs and advises on international and domestic education policy to UNESCO and UK Government

📕   #PolicyAdvice step n°2

EDUCATION POLICY

The education programme cuts across the work of the departments for education in the 4 nations of the UK and the Department for International Development.

Since 1946, the UK National Commission for UNESCO has been ensuring the UK’s leading specialists, intellectuals and academics are contributing to and shaping UNESCO’s education mandate. We also advise the UK and devolved governments on policy relating to UNESCO’s education activities.

KEY POLICY AREAS

ALL OUR POLICY WORK

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The UK National Commission has produced and published several long form policy briefs that cover education. These inform UK Government about the international opportunities in UNESCO’s programmatic sphere, opportunities and guidance on the implementation of more of UNESCO’s Education conventions and recommendations, and evaluating UNESCO’s global role in education.

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EDUCATION POLICY BRIEFS

OTHER EDUCATION POLICY DOCUMENTS

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has a wider portfolio of policy work which spans UNESCO’s four programmatic areas. They advise and inform our stakeholders about issues and opportunities both internationally and within the UK.

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EDUCATION POLICY BRIEFS

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Education for Sustainable Development in the UK

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Our 💡 Ideas for #MoreEducation

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Each and every accredited expert within our network is tasked with a specific committee or programme within UNESCO’s framework

EDUCATION EXPERTS

We work with a network of experts across the UK who support UNESCO’s global mission to build peace in the minds of men and women.

Our Expert Network is made up of pro-bono specialists who help to advise the UK and Devolved Governments on policy relating to UNESCO’s programmes.

KEY EDUCATION EXPERTS

Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly

#NonExecutiveDirector Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly Board Member, UK National Commission Board of Directors - Education Specialist Home       >       Expert Network       >       Non-Executive Directors Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly is an expert in education, contributing to the progress of UNESCO's fight for education to be recognised as a human…
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Anne Anderson

#NonExecutiveDirector Professor Anne Anderson Board Member, UK National Commission for UNESCO Board of Directors. Home       >       Expert Network       >       Non-Executive Directors Professor Anne Anderson, OBE FRSE and Vice Principal Emerita of the University of Glasgow, holds a research background in psychology exploring how…
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Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, is our non-executive director who has shared responsibility of the #EducationPortfolio

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The relevant UK government department approves Accredited Experts. They have an official role, representing the UK in UNESCO Committees, Commissions and Programmes. They also work with us and the UK Permanent Delegation to UNESCO based with the Department for International Development in London and Paris, to advise the UK and/or devolved governments on UNESCO related matters..

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KEY EDUCATION ACCREDITED EXPERTS

FROM OUR EDUCATION ACCREDITED EXPERTS

The UNESCO Chair/UNITWIN programme seeks to foster international cooperation and knowledge sharing between higher education institutions. UNESCO Chairs are based within an Institute for Higher Education, and their work identifies with a current UNESCO priority.

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KEY EDUCATION CHAIRS

FROM OUR EDUCATION CHAIRS

UNESCO’s global presence in education is represented by several Sites and Initiatives here in the UK

📍   #Sites&Initiatives step n°4

EDUCATION SITES, ACTIONS & INITIATIVES

All UNESCO sites within the UK have a focus on education, for their local communities and further afield. UNESCO also has some sites and initiatives dedicated to Education present in the UK.

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities consists of around 200 cities in 40 countries which are united in their determination to promote lifelong learning and, through it, sustainable development in their cities.

The UNESCO Associated Schools Programme (ASPnet) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defences of peace in the minds of children and young people. The over 11,500 ASPnet member schools in 182 countries work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.

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Discover our sites of #education, explore our 🏙️  Learning Cities

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All UNESCO sites have an educational focus, but the UK’s 6 Learning Cities in particular recognise the transformative power of education for their residents of all ages, and strive to create and promote learning opportunities for everyone; by addressing barriers to participation, narrowing the gap between rich and poor, enhancing social cohesion and helping to fulfill their citizens aspirations.

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OUR EDUCATION SITES

NEWS FROM OUR EDUCATION SITES

UNESCO Prizes in natural and social science are prestigious awards addressing global issues and themes, which are conferred on individuals or organisations by the Director-General for UNESCO upon recommendation by an independent and international jury. They each carry a high symbolic value, and are awarded with a substantial monetary award.

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OUR EDUCATION PRIZES

BLOGS FROM OUR EDUCATION PRIZES

Engaging individual citizens and communities, UNESCO’s ambitious education agenda aims to fulfil society’s curiosity and desire for learning, whilst arming them with knowledge that they can carry with them for the entirety of their lives.

UNESCO leads on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all. All the initiatives that are carried out in the UK in the field of Education contribute to the attainment of this goal.

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EDUCATION INITIATIVES

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At their root, UN International Days contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the UN Charter and promote awareness of and action on important political, social, cultural, humanitarian or human rights issues. International days are at the heart of the United Nations Charter.

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EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL DAYS

NEWS FROM OUR EDUCATIONAL INTL’ DAYS

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“As an empowerment right, education is the primary vehicle by which economically and socially marginalised adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty, and obtain the means to participate fully in their communities.”

Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General(1999-2009)

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