United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

The mission of UNESCO is to provide leadership, expertise, foster partnerships on an international scale on all spectrums related to education.  The priorities of UNESCO include literacy, DAKAR Framework for Action, Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development.  Interested in what the six Education for All goals entailed, I researched further.

UNESCO has committed by 2015 to

1) Expand and improve early childhood education and care

2) Ensure all children, regardless of circumstance of ethnic groups have access and receive quality education at no cost.

3) Ensure that all persons regardless of age has access to age-appropriate and life-skills programs to succeed.

4) Improve literacy rates by 50 percent among low income and women and provide access to continuing education programs.

5) Eliminate gender discrimination, particularly against young girls, in receiving quality education.

6) Lastly, improve education programs to ensure all receive and gain the basic skills in literacy, math and life skills.

In Africa UNESCO is exploring how mobile technology can be used to decrease the literacy rate among the most poorest populations.  Many areas have access to mobile technology instead of libraries and books.  This technology can be leveraged to decrease the literacy rate, which  has only declined 1 percent since 2000 (UNESCO, 2014).  UNESCO found that in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Pakistan, residents are actually using mobile devices to read.  Having just the core skill of reading can improve life skills and job opportunities which is essential in life.

 

References

UNESCO (2014). http://www.unesco.org/education/aboutus/howwework/mission

UNESCO (2014). Reading in the Mobile Era. retrieved from http://www.unesco.org/education/worldwide

4 thoughts on “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  1. Hi Lisa,
    Expand and improve early childhood education and care and ensuring that all children, regardless of circumstance of ethnic groups have access and receive quality education at no cost is very important and I very pleased that you provide this information in your blog. Thanks for your post!

  2. The six goals of UNESCO are very well rounded! They seem to truly recognize the inequalities in education and are working not only with providing for children, but realize that helping parents with things like literacy will indirectly help their children. I also like how their goals combine academic skills with the importance of life skills as well. Thank you for your post it was very informational.

  3. Those are awesome goals! It’s wonderful that organizations are making large strides in the education field and urging change. I’m excited to see their progress!

  4. Hi Lisa
    It’s good that you list the goals of the UNESCO because I wasn’t familiar with them, and yes children have access and they receive quality education at no cost.

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