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Education as key to the future

Everyone has the right to education  

Education as key to the future

“Everyone has the right to education” – stipulates Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Education is the prerequisite for social and economic development.

Education 2030

UNESCO’s current global education programme is the Agenda 2030. It is encapsulated in goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It stipulates that all people “should have access to lifelong learning opportunities”. Education is the prerequisite to improve the quality of life, overcome poverty, achieve gender equality, reduce infant mortality, contain population growth, ensure sustainable development and ultimately, to achieve peace and democracy. Education aims to provide humans with the ability to actively and autonomously participate in public life and to critically question their current situation. Implementing these educational goals means including all stakeholders involved especially the civil society and private economy.

Quality of education cannot be measured solely by its compliance with performance standards. For the Austrian Commission for UNESCO quality of education is linked to values such as tolerance, solidarity, understanding of diversity and respect for human rights. All of those aspects are indispensable to ensure that people can live peacefully together in the 21st century.

The “Four Pillars of Education”

UNESCO’s holistic understanding of education and the requirements to be met with are defined in the “four pillars of education”

  • Learning to know
  • Learning to do
  • Learning to be
  • Learning to live together

Education is the key issue of the future, because global sustainable development can only be realized if sustainability is anchored in the education system, across society. UNESCO's main task is to support governments in implementing the education agenda and to monitor the process at the global, regional and national levels.

In its annual World Education Report, UNESCO makes international comparisons of progress in education. In intervals of three to four years, UNESCO organises an international conference on education.

Education 2030
Inclusive, equitable and quality education for all

UNESCO's current global action program in education is the Education Agenda 2030, which is an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides the framework for implementing Goal 4 of the SDGs.

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UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network
Austrian project schools as members of the worldwide ASPnet

Founded by UNESCO in 1953; over 10.000 educational institutions in more than 180 countries. Austria has been a member since 1957 - with currently over 95 schools.

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Global Citizenship Education
Education to become responsible and active global citizens

In a globalized, interdependent world, where challenges must be addressed locally and globally at the same time, the discourse on education has also changed. The focus on values, attitudes, and communication skills as a critical counterpart to cognitive knowledge and skills is becoming stronger.

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Youth Representative
Monitoring UNESCO-relevant topics from a youth perspective

As of April 2019, the Austrian Commission for UNESCO has a new Youth Representative - in addition to the Youth Advisory Board. The Youth representative will take over the monitoring of UNESCO-relevant topics from a youth perspective and is actively involved in (inter)national working groups.

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