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The Work of UNESCO in Brief


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Political and economic arrangements of governments are not enough to secure the lasting and sincere support of the peoples. Peace must be founded upon dialogue and mutual understanding. Peace must be built upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of humanity.

In this spirit, UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.

UNESCO's founding vision was born in response to a world war that was marked by racist and anti-Semitic violence. Seventy years on and many liberation struggles later, UNESCO’s mandate is as relevant as ever. Cultural diversity is under attack and new forms of intolerance, rejection of scientific facts and threats to freedom of expression challenge peace and human rights. In response, UNESCO's duty remains to reaffirm the humanist missions of education, science and culture.

Acting Together for Education


Education transforms lives and is at the heart of UNESCO’s mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development.

UNESCO believes that education is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality. The Organization is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. It has been entrusted to lead the Global Education 2030 Agenda through Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG). The road-map to achieve this is the Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA).

UNESCO provides global and regional leadership in education, strengthens education systems worldwide and responds to contemporary global challenges through education with gender equality an underlying principle.

Its work encompasses educational development from pre-school to higher education and beyond. Themes include global citizenship and sustainable development, human rights and gender equality, health and HIV and AIDS, as well as technical and vocational skills development.

UNESCO Chair: Education Law in Africa 


Based in South Africa at the University of Pretoria, the UNESCO Chair: Education Law in Africa's long-term plan is to provide a fully researched account of The Justiciability of the Right to Education in Africa. This will allow equality of opportunity, protection of marginalized and vulnerable groups, quality, minority and language rights, girls' rights, financing of education and the regulation of private education provision over all 9 Sub-Saharan countries. 

The justiciability of the right to education will be explored through examination of the constitutional legal framework, governance structures; as well as socio-economic and political factors that include adherence to the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, the separation of powers, the strength of public interest law resources and the strength of civil society and social mobilization.

Our objectives will be achieved through research done within Education Law with the chair-holder acting as researcher and supervisor, liaison with different stakeholders (fellow experts, academics, students, organisations and governments).

This will be achieved through the specific objectives of this chair:

  • carry out collaborative research with partners in the field of comparative education (trends and issues related to quality and equity in education, including private tutoring);

  • provide policy analysis and advice to assist policy-makers and practitioners;

  • design, produce and disseminate studies, policy briefs and other resources in the field of comparative education; and,

  • provide training at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to students, teachers, administrators and related personnel.

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