Who we are

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: o Attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning; o Mobilising science knowledge and policy for sustainable development; o Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges; o Fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace; and o Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.

What we do and thematic


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: o Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict with Regulations for the Execution of the Hague Convention (1954) and two protocols o Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property Paris (1970) and UNIDROIT Convention (1995) o Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972) o Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage Paris (2001) o Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) o Convention 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   Communication    and   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.



United Nations Educational,

Scientific and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO)

UN HOUSE, 38 - 44 Stein Street P.O. Box 3444 Klein Windhoek Windhoek – Namibia Tel: +264 61 291 7000 Fax: +264 61 291 7220 E-mail: windhoek@unesco.org  Website: http://www.unesco.org/windhoek 


Dr. Jean- Pierre ILboudo

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.

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Launch of the 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report

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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:


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