UNESCO’s mandate

The 35th Session of UNESCO's General Conference has identified the following priorities in the field of education for 2010-2011:

  • promoting achievements of the goals of Education for All (EFA) in the countries that need it;
  • playing a key role in education at the global and regional levels.

These two years' sectoral priorities will help to achieve the overall objective, set out in UNESCO’s Medium Term Strategy for 2008-2013. “Providing quality education to all and learning throughout life”.

The following main lines of action are identified:

  • composite components for EFA: literacy, teachers and labor skills;
  • from early childhood to adult life: establishment of effective systems of education;
  • assistance to governments in education planning and management;
  • coordination of international efforts in education and monitoring trends.

This work is coordinated and implemented by the Education Sector of the UNESCO Secretariat in Paris, UNESCO regional offices, as well as six institutes and two centers of UNESCO working in the sphere of education:

  • The International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva (curricula and educational programs, methodology and techniques of education, training teachers, reforming the educational systems);
  • The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris and Buenos Aires (planning, management, evaluation and administration of education);
  • UNESCO Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) in Hamburg (adult education, continuing education);
  • UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) in Moscow (distance education, use of new information and communication technologies in education);
  • UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) in Caracas (renewal of higher education, strengthening inter-university cooperation, exchange of information);
  • International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) in Addis Ababa (teacher training, curriculum development, policy planning and management of education, distance education);
  • UNESCO International Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNEVOC) in Bonn;
  • European Center for Higher Education, UNESCO (CEPES) in Bucharest.