Fifth meeting of UNESCO Education Category II Centres
Building on the results of the meeting of Category 2 Centres held in Manila in 2015, the meeting will serve as a timely occasion to discuss the programmes, projects, and activities of UNESCO Category 2 Centres for Education.
Gathering representatives from UNESCO Category 2 Centres and UNESCO Category 1 Centres for Education, the meeting will likewise provide an opportunity for participants to update each other of their respective work plans, meet new members, and strengthen existing ties. Category II Centres are recognized as an important extension of UNESCO’s programme delivery arm and means to raise UNESCO’s profile in Member States.
UNESCO has designated 94 International and Regional Institutes and Centres as Category 2 under the auspices of UNESCO.
Though not legally part of the Organization, these Institutes and Centres are associated with UNESCO through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference. They are selected upon proposal by Member State(s), based on the strength of their specialization in one of UNESCO’s fields of competence. Through capacity-building knowledge sharing and research, they provide a valuable and unique contribution to the implementation of UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives for the benefits of Member States.
All Category II Centres in Education contribute to one or more of the Sector’s priority areas of lifelong learning, teachers, literacy, TVET, and sector-wide planning. Category II Centres also provides opportunities to showcase and share the capacity, technical expertise, and knowledge of Member-States. They can facilitate regional networking and have the potential to act as resource hubs in specific education fields.