International Bureau of Education

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Vision, Mission & Strategy

Since our foundation, we have relentlessly sought for excellence and quality education for all. The quest continues even more so that equity of education quality remains an unwavering universal challenge. We are guided by the conviction that investing in development-responsive curriculum generates tangible human, social and economic benefits ensuring equal sustainable development among all our Member States. 

Our mission is to bring support and innovative solutions to the challenges ministries of education and governments face in the complex task of improving quality and relevance of their curriculum, teaching, learning, and assessment processes and outcomes.

Within the framework of the SDGs and aligned with UNESCO strategy, we provide an unparalleled range of international services and products. Our services include: strategic advice; technical assistance tailored to specific country needs; short- and long-term capacity development; and cutting-edge research and knowledge. We thrive to address themes that are highly relevant at local, regional, and global levels including, among others: basic competencies such as literacy, numeracy, and life skills; new technologies, sustainable human development, peace, security and disaster risk reduction; development of basic competencies in early grades, working especially with those who are most vulnerable and at risk, such as girls.

Strategy 2012-2017

For the period 2012-2017, the overall goal is to enhance the quality of student learning by promoting and supporting excellence in curriculum processes and products. Within the context of this overall goal, the main objectives of the IBE are to:

  • generate and share knowledge about curriculum products, processes, strategies, trends and emerging issues;
  • collect, analyse, synthesize and disseminate curriculum-related knowledge and information;
  • develop individual and institutional capacities and provide technical support and advice as well as other services to UNESCO’s Member States;
  • promote and advocate evidence-based policy dialogue to improve learning;
  • facilitate South-South and North-South-South cooperation;
  • partner with academic and policy-oriented entities to support original, action-oriented research initiatives and to analyse, synthesize and disseminate existing research findings; and
  • promote global policy dialogue among ministers of education and other relevant actors worldwide with regard to improving the quality of education for all.