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.
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