A glimpse of education stories from 2018


In 2018, UNESCO ran a campaign on the right to education to mark the 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also convened a Global Education Meeting to tackle the biggest challenges that lie ahead. From defending girls’ right to education in Tanzania to teaching young women how to code in Peru, rediscover a selection of inspiring UNESCO education stories from around the world.

Community members stand together for girls’ right to education in Tanzania

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“I need to be confident and work hard to achieve my dream… I hope to be a doctor.” Lydia is a top student at a UNESCO-supported school in rural Tanzania where adolescent girls face many obstacles to completing their secondary education. Learn how community members are standing together for girls like her and their right to education. Read more

Global Education Meeting sets course for the next four years


“It is time to recall the big challenges that remain, and what we really need is to tackle them more effectively,” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant-Director General for Education at the 2018 Global Education Meeting in Brussels. The gathering set the course for the next four years by putting an emphasis on inclusion and more inclusive quality education. Read more

Coding with impact: training female tech talent from Latin America

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“We want to train young women to make them talented and globally competitive software developers.” Meet Mariana Costa Checa, a young social entrepreneur from Peru. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Laboratoria, a company that has been training young women coding and software development skills in Latin America since 2014. Read more

What does comprehensive sexuality education mean for you?

“I can decide for myself when I want to have children, when to get married and what love is…comprehensive sexuality education is freedom,” said Akosua from Ghana. UNESCO’s new campaign highlights the benefits of good quality comprehensive sexuality education for young people. Families across the world reflected on their experience: What does CSE mean for you? Join the campaign

Removing scars of war in Iraq through education

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“The scale of the city’s devastation is heartbreaking and the psychological trauma that Mosul residents endured is as bad as the damage to the infrastructure,” says Dr. Hamid Ahmed, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq. He attended the “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” initiative in September and spoke to UNESCO about the state of education in the country and the long road ahead to recovery. Read more

“I had to work from dusk till dawn.” Lives changed through education in Myanmar

Three young people, three lives full of dreams that have improved with the power of education. Students in a UNESCO-supported non-formal education programme for out-of-school children in Myanmar share their challenges and hope. Read more

Women build better lives in Mozambique through education


Florinda João, 29, is a mother of six. She had to drop out of school at 16 when she became pregnant with her first child. In 2015, Florinda had the opportunity to return to school and learn to read and write thanks to a UNESCO project. Read more

UNESCO and education: a photo history

Let us take you on a visual journey through UNESCO’s work in education since 1945. We have selected 80 photos to illustrate the scale and diversity of UNESCO’s education programme across the globe. Explore the full selection of photos here.