UNESCO’s main functions in the field of education:
- Ensuring equal educational opportunities for all members of the society around the world
- Providing expertise and foster partnerships to strengthen national educational leadership and the capacity of countries to offer quality education for all.
The aim of UNESCO’s Medium-Term strategy (2008-2013) in the field of education is to enable qualitative accessibility to Education for All.
The strategic objectives:
- Strengthening UNESCO’s global lead and coordination role for the movement Education for All (EFA) and providing support to national leadership in favour of EFA
- Developing policies, capacities and tools for quality education for all and lifelong learning as well as promoting education for sustainable development
The priority of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO for implementing the educational programme is to enable universal access to education and contribute to Education for Sustainable Development.
The main objectives (2009-2013) of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO:
- Implementing the Dakar framework for Action (World Education Forum, Dakar 2000) in Latvia;
- Supporting the planning of education policies and the completion of other normative documents;
- Strengthening interdisciplinary approach in education, science and culture;
- Developing UNESCO associated school as methodological centres for the introduction of innovative and contemporary content and methods in the education process in Latvia
- Enhancing the use of innovative approaches in the learning process, including an interdisciplinary approach to education, cooperative learning methods and critical thinking development methods;
- Encouraging intercultural dialogue and the implementation of a bilingual educational system in the Baltic States in cooperation with Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus;
- Promoting the Latvian experience in out-of-school education, and develop education programmes for talented children;
- Establishing an expert data base for cooperation with Georgia and countries represented by the UNESCO Moscow Office