The Medium–Term Strategy of UNESCO focuses on two sets of international development goals to be attained by 2015: the eight Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, and the six Education for All (EFA) goals, adopted in the same year at the World Education Forum held in Dakar, Senegal.
UNESCO’s Strategy is structured around five overarching objectives, and in the area of education the objective is to attain quality education for all and lifelong education through two strategic programme objectives: strengthening UNESCO’s global lead and co–ordination role for EFA and providing support to national leadership in favour of EFA; and developing policies, capacities and tools for quality education for all and lifelong education, as well as promoting education for sustainable development.
Under the overarching objective for education, and as an integral part of UNESCO, the IBE is being asked to play a crucial role in promoting the development of curricula and learning materials in different regions of the world.
To this end, the IBE builds networks to share expertise on curriculum development in all regions of the world, and aims to introduce innovative approaches in curriculum design and implementation, improve practical skills, and facilitate international dialogue on educational policies and practices.
IBE field-based assistance and support are normally delivered in collaboration with UNESCO regional and field offices, and in some cases also involve the participation of other educational institutes in order to maximize impact and take full advantage of the rich and diversified expertise and accumulated experience, not only of UNESCO, but also of all its partners. The IBE also collaborates with many academic institutions and research centres in several regions of the world, and implements activities in cooperation with regional, international, bilateral and non-governmental organizations.