Global Action Week (GAW) on Education for All (EFA) is an annual awareness-raising campaign, organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE). UNESCO supports GAW every year by disseminating information and resources through its network and by organizing activities together with NGOs, GCE members and other EFA partners. This year, the campaign will focus on the theme...Read more

The UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development honours outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organizations related to ESD.

The prize, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient. It was awarded for the first time by the DIrector-General of UNESCO in a

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Following the international discussions on the post 2015 educational agenda, the ASPnet Senior High Schools of the Prefecture of Attica, Greece, participated in the annual Student’s Symposium.  For 2015, the theme of the Symposium was “Education...Read more

World Poetry Day

21 March 2015

In celebrating the World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. This internationally celebrated day allows us to pay tribute to all those men and women who strive to build a better world using words as their only tool.

Poetry allows individuals, as well as whole societies, to discover and assert their identity. The art of poetry is the foundation of diversity, allowing different languages to express their voice among the community of nations. By facilitating dialogue, poetry encourages tolerance and respect; it's the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

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International Human Solidarity Day

20 December 2014

The General Assembly, on 22 December 2005, by resolution 60/209 identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the Twenty-first century, and in that regard decided to proclaim 20 December of each year International Human Solidarity Day.

By resolution 57/265 the General Assembly, on 20 December 2002, established the World Solidarity Fund, which was set up in February 2003 as a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme. Its objective is to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations.

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2015 - International Year of Soils

01 January 2015

International Mother Language Day

21 February 2015

UNESCO’s position towards multilingual education is strengthened as part of its efforts to promote global citizenship education.

According to UNESCO, "Education for Global Citizenship aims to enable learners to play an active role in both the local and global levels to address global challenges and, ultimately, contribute proactively in creating a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable world ".

In connection to this, multilingual education has a role to play: “Multilingual education’ refers to the use of at least three languages, the mother tongue, a regional or national language and an international language in education.”

In the fields of education and science, much remains to be done with regard to the development and use of mother tongue in most cases a local language; while grasping global challenges benefits from an understanding of international languages.

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International Women’s Day

08 March 2015

The 2015 theme “Equality for women is progress for all” emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role of women as agents of development.

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Students and teachers from UNESCO Associated Schools across the world have mobilized for ...Read more

World Day of Social Justice

20 February 2015

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

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