Building peace in the minds of men and women

Priority Africa Flagship Programmes and Actions

Africa is positively changing at an extraordinary speed. But with change also comes risk. Rapid urbanization, growing population, youth unemployment, inequality and social exclusion, new natural resource finds and a changing climate as well as peacebuilding processes, all have the potential to place African societies under considerable strain.

Stability and prosperity start in schools, with quality education, to teach skills for jobs, and skills for peace to all African youth. In a continent where more than 60% of the population is under 25 - empowering people means educating youth, especially girls.

The cradle of humanity is a powerhouse of cultural diversity, and UNESCO’s programmes make the most of the energy of the continent. Education is moreover about learning values for citizenship, stability, and security. It is about teaching the history of Africa that has shaped the world. It is about living together, and teaching media including ICTs, STI and social networks to respond to extremism.

The operational strategy for Priority Africa guides all UNESCO actions in favour of Priority Africa, in particular action under the following flagship programmes.

Strengthening education systems for sustainable development in Africa

Fostering science for the sustainable management of Africa’s natural resources and disaster risk reduction

Harnessing the Power of Culture for Sustainable Development and Peace in a context of regional integration

Promoting an Environment Conducive to Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Promoting a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

  • General History of Africa Since 1964, the collection gives an African perspective, free of the racial prejudice of colonization, to the continent’s past over more than three million years;
  • The Slave Route Project Foster peoples rapprochement through the remembrance of five-hundred years of transatlantic slavery, slave trade, and their legacies;
  • International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) Secure the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of people of African Descent, and their full and equal participation in society.

Harnessing STI and Knowledge for the Sustainable Socio-Economic Development in Africa