Building peace in the minds of men and women

Standards and norms in the field of Education

The UNESCO Constitution entrusts the Organization with building collaboration among nations to advance equality of educational opportunity for everyone. While conventions and international treaties form the backbone of international law, other instruments, such as declarations, guidelines and principles adopted and laid down at international level provide a normative basis for the right to education for everyone.

Although these norms and standards have only moral force, they reflect the political commitments of states which governments are expected to bring into effect through national legislation.

Leading the Education Agenda

Equal Opportunities and Non Discrimination in Education

Rights of the Child

International Understanding, Peace and Human Rights Education

- Instruments developed under the auspices of UNESCO

- World Programme for Human Rights Education

- Full list of instruments related to human rights education

Women’s and Girl’s Education

Literacy and Adult Education

Higher Education

Technical and Vocational Education

Inclusion in Education


Education in Emergencies