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Week 45: 17/07-23/07 2006

Sporting events are hugely popular in our society, and athletes serve as role models for our children. Sport and physical education can play a large role in educating young people. More

Poster on Education for Sustainable Development

Week 39: 05/06-11/06 2006

Learning to respond to present needs without sacrificing the future: this is the aim of education for sustainable development. UNESCO is the lead agency for the UN Decade for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). More

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Architecture classroom in Laos.

Week 30: 03/04-09/04 2006

UNESCO promotes higher education as a fundamental pillar of sustainable development. Its network of over 500 university chairs enhances cooperation between universities in 123 countries. More

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Literacy course in Bangladesh

Week 26: 06/03-12/03 2006

Today, over 100 million children, 55% of which are girls, still do not have access to primary education. On the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), UNESCO stresses the importance of equal opportunities for girls and boys. More

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French class in Balwyn, Australia

Week 21: 30/01-05/02 2006

In 2005 nearly 500 million adolescents were enrolled in secondary schools, versus 321 million in 1990. In order to deal with this increase, it is urgent to improve students' options and boost technical and professional training. 

Campaign against HIV/AIDS in Lesotho

Week 13: 28/11-04/12 2005

More than 40 million people are currently infected with the HIV virus (source: UNAIDS). On the occasion of World AIDS Day, UNESCO reiterates the importance of prevention education. More (PDF format - 176K)


Week 10: 07/11-13/11 2005

Governments establish national education policies by setting goals, defining guidelines and implementing strategies. UNESCO provides technical assistance to put these policies in place. More


Week 5: 03/10-09/10 2005

Between 15 and 35 million more teachers are needed worldwide if Education For All (EFA) is to be achieved by 2015 More

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Eusebio Lillo Conchali School elections (Chile)

Week 3: 19/09-25/09 2005

Peaceful conflict resolution, encouraging mediation, establishing student parliaments are but some of the methods developed over the past fifteen years to promote civic education. UNESCO supports this movement whose aim is to encourage learning to live with others. More


Week 1: 05/09-10/09 2005

Although global literacy has risen by 10% in the past 20 years, 785 million adults, two thirds of them women, remain illiterate. International Literacy Day, celebrated every September 8 for the past 40 years, aims to focus on this situation. The fight against illiteracy is one of the pillars of Education for All, a flagship activity of UNESCO. 

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