Learning to Live Together

© UNESCO/ Martin Bobi´

The term “learning to live together”, central to UNESCO’s mission. The concept of learning to live together is centred on the development of understanding, consideration and respect for others, their beliefs, values and cultures. This is considered to provide the basis for the avoidance of conflicts or their non-violent resolution and for ongoing peaceful coexistence. Beyond that, it implies recognizing difference and diversity as opportunity rather than danger and as a valuable resource to be used for the common good.


A good number of countries are also looking for new ways to encourage learning to live together, including human rights and citizenship education, education for peace, fighting against marginalization and all kinds of discrimination.

Some of the Learning to Live Together activities that the IBE has been engaged in:

  • GigaPan Dialogues seek to promote empathy and understanding between cultures and create a greater sense of community through an exchange of explorable, high-resolution digital imagery.
  • Workshop on "Validating Good Practices"
  • "Related", a database that provides a service for the dissemination of concise information on promising initiatives in learning to live together, primarily in school settings.
  • Sub-regional Seminar on Curriculum Development for Learning to Live Together