Curriculum, peace education and poverty alleviation

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This project aims to support the achievement of the of the goals of Education for All (EFA), peace education and poverty alleviation. It covers nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger and Rwanda.


Started in 2004 at the request of the participating countries, the project involves national teams of high-level curriculum specialists from the ministries of education. Adopting a participatory approach combining research, action and training, the work with national teams focuses on the development of capacities for: analysing the complex interrelations between the curriculum and poverty; identifying the responses that the curriculum could bring in terms of values, attitudes, skills and knowledge that learners need to overcome poverty; and defining the most appropriate strategies for curriculum change.


The project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain, the governments of Sweden and Switzerland, the UNESCO programme of capacity building for EFA, and IBE funds.


The IBE is currently extending the project to a group of English and French-speaking countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The fundraising to finance this extension is in progress.  More

Publication of the project

Transforming Schools in Sub-Saharan Africa - Prospects 146


Prospects is UNESCO’s quarterly review of comparative education. This issue, entitled “Poverty Alleviation and Inclusive Education: Transforming Schools in Sub Saharan Africa",  presents the main results of four years of work conducted by UNESCO-IBE in nine African countries. This issue offers a road map for action and good practices for transforming education. Furthermore, it tackles local curriculum in Mozambique, bilingual education in Burkina Faso, priority education zones in Mauritius, a remedial programme for out of school children in Rwanda and teacher training colleges in Angola.