UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information. The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. UNESCO’s overarching objectives are: oAttaining quality education for all and lifelong learning; oMobilising science knowledge and policy for sustainable development; oAddressing emerging social and ethical challenges; oFostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace; and oBuilding inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.
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The UNESCO Office in Windhoek is a national office for Namibia that seeks to support the Republic of Namibia in achieving its own visions consistent with international agreements, declarations and conventions.In Education, UNESCO is committed to a holistic vision of quality education, the realisation of everyone’s right to education, and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development. Within the framework of the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Education, UNESCO contributes to education reforms geared towards speeding up progress in achieving the Education for All Goals. At upstream level, UNESCO contributes to the development of education policies such as the Life Long Learning Policy, the Educator’s Policy and the revision of the Language Policy. Through the EDUCAIDS Programme, UNESCO provides learning and teaching support materials on HIV and AIDS and strengthening care and support systems to cater for the psychosocial needs of teachers and learners affected by HIV and AIDS. UNESCO prioritises Teacher education and Professional Development and supports the revitalisation of Vocational Education and Training. In Natural Sciences, UNESCO supports initiatives on policy development in areas such as Water Resources Management and the Science and Technology Innovation.
UNESCO works on capacity building especially within the framework of the International Hydrological Programme and the Man and the Biosphere Programme.In Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO supports initiatives geared towards the eradication of racism, discrimination and xenophobia in cities. Specific input is also provided in initiatives from the Government of Namibia to work towards Gender Equality especially women empowerment and on issues related to youth.In Culture, support is provided to Namibia in terms of ratification and implementation of the following conventions:oConvention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict with Regulations for the Execution of the Hague Convention (1954) and two protocolsoConvention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property Paris (1970) and UNIDROIT Convention (1995)oConvention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)oConvention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage Paris (2001)oConvention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)oConvention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)The Conventions and their provisions serve as a platform for directing the joint Namibian and UNESCO efforts in reaching the developmental objective of mainstreaming culture in economic development policies and programmes for income generation and poverty alleviation. The most important aspect of this cooperation is the development of programmes and policies aimed at the sustainable use of heritage resources through concepts such as cultural tourism and creative industries and supported by tools such as cultural statistics. In Communicationand Information, UNESCO supports the development and governance of community media. Journalism education institutions are also assisted in localising their curriculum and build institutional capacities. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated each year. Tertiary institutions are also supported in developing and implementing Open Education Resources. UNESCO implements activities aimed at creating knowledge based economies and support the creation of community information centres in Namibia.
Dr. Jean- Pierre Ilboudo was appointed Head of Office of the UNESCO Windhoek Office and UNESCO Representative to Namibia and assumed his duties on 10 March 2015.Born in Bougouriba, south west of Burkina Faso, Dr. Ilboudo is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Social Communication) obtained in 1980, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Information and Sciences (1981), a Diplôme d’études approfondies (1982) and a PhD obtained in 1992 in Information and Communication Sciences from the University of Bordeaux III.
Dr. Charmaine Villet, Dean of the Faculty of Education at UNAM talks about planned projects
Launch of the 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report
(GMR) and the “Virtual Learning Community of Educators in
Windhoek, 23 April, 2015 – UNESCO Windhoek office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Faculty of Education, University of Namibia (UNAM), launched the 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) ‘Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges’, and the ‘Virtual Learning Community of Educators in Namibia’, established in the framework of the UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust project in Namibia, on April 22, 2015 in Windhoek. The 2015 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report is an independent publication commissioned by UNESCO on behalf of the international community and has tracked progress on the six EFA goals for the past 15 years.Read More: