22 December 2021
Over two days in early December, UNESCO held an International Seminar on the Evolving Right to Education to celebrate the organisation’s ongoing work on the futures of education, and to present the first stage of the UNESCO Futures of Education initiative - the report Reimagining our futures together: a new social contract for education.The purpose of the event was to bring together different... Read more
10 December 2021
The theme of this year’s Human Rights Day is equality - reducing inequalities, advancing human rights. How does this apply to education? Reducing inequalities and advancing human rights can take many forms - but to achieve equality, it is crucial to advance access to free, quality, inclusive education at all levels, from early childhood to adult education; to erode the barriers to access that... Read more
3 December 2021
On the 7 and 8 December, UNESCO will be holding the International Seminar on the Evolving Right to Education. Held online under the auspices of International Human Rights Day 2021, which marks the 73rd Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the two day seminar will also celebrate the organisation’s year-long campaign to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the UNESCO... Read more
1 December 2021
Over a period of 18 months, UNESCO has been supported by Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, UNESCO's Special Envoy, to facilitate the creation and implementation of a Global Partnership Strategy on Early Childhood (GPS).Born out of the need to counter a negative trend impulsed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen two-thirds of low and middle income countries reduce... Read more
30 November 2021
November was a busy month at UNESCO. The organisation held its 41st General Conference, at which a report on the future of education was launched, in addition to the adoption of the Paris Declaration, and the result of the 10th Consultation on the measures taken by Member States for the implementation of the 1960 Convention against discrimination in education.We have drawn together the most... Read more
30 November 2021
Worldwide, early and unintended pregnancy prevents girls from accessing education - due to social isolation, stigma, poverty, and discriminatory legislation and practice.Though early and unintended pregnancies happen across the world, there is a disproportionate occurrence in low and middle-income nations. Every year, 12 million girls aged 15-19 as well as an estimated minimum of 777,000 girls... Read more
26 November 2021
On 29 October 2021, the 15-member UN Security council adopted a unanimous resolution, hailed as the first of its kind, which condemns attacks against schools, children and teachers and urges conflict parties to immediately safeguard the right to education. Importantly, the resolution makes explicit the links between education, peace and security. Resolution 2601 (2021) recognises the crucial role... Read more
24 November 2021
On Friday 26th November 2021, the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), Right to Education Initiative, and UNESCO will hold a joint seminar on Early Childhood Care and Education.The seminar, entitled ‘What’s happening with ECCE in the world? Latest research and current perspectives’, will feature the presentation of two new UNESCO reports, including ‘Right to pre-primary... Read more
29 October 2021
This month, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Kombou Boly Barry, published a report on the right to education of migrants. The report considers the barriers that migrants face in accessing the right to education and calls upon States to revisit their legislations to ensure migrants have a rightful place in education and development policies.   Presenting her report to the 76th... Read more
29 October 2021
Between October 25-27th, the Fourth International Conference on the Safe Schools Declaration took place in Abuja, Nigeria.The hybrid live and virtual conference was hosted by Nigeria in collaboration with Argentina, Norway, Spain, the African Union Commission, and the Global Coalition for Protecting Education under Attack (GCPEA), and it brought together high-level representatives from... Read more