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Address critical and current issues

Education systems and by implication curricula are under relentless pressure to demonstrate relevance and responsiveness to national, regional, and global development challenges.

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Education is expected to be continuously responsive to the shifting development needs of society. This could mean rapid systematic changes to national curriculum in response to national, regional, and global developmental challenges. Many countries find it difficult to adequately adjust, let alone reform their curricula to keep up with the rapid pace of change. The result is usually ad hoc, piecemeal approaches and interventions that do not effectively connect critical elements of the education system to curriculum change and reform processes.


In our work, we aim at supporting countries in effectively mainstreaming critical and current issues in curriculum change and innovation processes across levels, settings and provisions of the education system.

Our activities

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Strengthening STEM curricula for girls in Africa, Asia and the Pacific

As the UNESCO’s global Centre of Excellence in Curriculum, the International Bureau of Education (IBE) will collaborate with Malaysian expertise to strengthen STEM curricula, teacher education and assessment for girls and women in Cambodia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Vietnam.Read more

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Improving reading outcomes in the early years of primary school

“Learning outcomes in early grades: integration of curriculum, teaching, learning materials and assessment” is a project led by the International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) and sponsored by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) aimed at improving students’ reading outcomes in the first three grades of primary school in Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal.Read more