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Regional Office for Southern Africa 
Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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About the Office

The UNESCO Office in Harare was initially established in 1986 as a sub-regional office for education in Southern Africa, with a special emphasis on higher education. Since then, it has also played the role of cluster office, covering four countries (Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and since 2014 as UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, covering all of UNESCO’s programme sectors: Education, Sciences, Culture, and, Communication and Information, in nine countries, namely Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,  Zambia and Zimbabwe, with national offices in Mozambique and Namibia. 

The office serves as UNESCO’s focal point for cooperation with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The Office hosts the National Education Statistical Information Systems (NESIS) project.

The power of music to break down stereotypes

Skills and Technical Education Programme

This programme seeks to empower the Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) sector and its capacity to satisfy the economy’s need for professionals through improvement of equitable and gender-balanced TEVET in Malawi. Led by UNESCO, in partnership with the Governement of Malawi and The European Union.

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A glimpse of World Heritage in Southern Africa

UNESCO promotes the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This overarching objective is captured in an international treaty, the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. Ensuring that World Heritage sites sustain their Outstanding Universal Value is a shared responsibility. This book offers to readers the chance to have at their fingertips a publication focusing on World Heritage properties present in the region.

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Teachers workshop for Professional Development

UNESCO held convened a two-days regional workshop on Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for teachers in Lilongwe, Malawi on 9th April 2019 with delegates committing to seize existing opportunities for well-coordinated and harmonised implementation processes of CPD programmes in SADC countries.

Focus on the Southern African region

Activities, Publications, and more.