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Educational Resource from around the world http://www.unesco.org


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a great resource of information relate to the field of education from around the world. This site offers a variety of directions for knowledge and understanding: education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, culture, communication and information, and media services. I focused on the Education pull-down menu and found the worldwide tab. This peeked by interest, I enjoy learning about the topics and issues in education in other parts of the world. This tab provided a great source of data to explore on many topic from a variety of areas around the world. Within this tap there was a section labeled NEWS. Here I found three articles from different parts of the world focused on education.


The article, Southern Africa Regional Meeting on ECCE: Ensuring quality Early childhood care and education discusses the importance of a an education. “It is important to exceed merely supporting children to survive, but it support them so that they thrive.” (UNESCO office in Harare, 2016) Through increasing participation in early childcare and education, the goal is to improve readiness of children for school. A second gold discussed is to provide one year of free quality early childcare and education. These goal are in line with current trends in our country.


In the article, Syrian Refuges Welcome New Secondary School in Basirma Camp, Iraq they discussed the growth in the last two years of secondary schools and their ability to reach more students. In 2014/15 secondary schooling in the camp was limited to a small program only reaching 60 students. Now in 2016 the UNESCO has rehabilitated and operates six schools were they could support more students in a quality environment. “The overall aim of the project, improving access to secondary education for Syrian refuges in Iraq is to provide access to and improve the quality of secondary education.” (UNESCO, Office for Iraq, 2016)


The article European Ministers Back Education for Democracy to Counter Extremism and Racism, discusses the critical role education plays in children’s knowledge of democracy, “Securing democracy through education.” (UNESCO Education Sector, 2016) The UNESCO is supporting countries efforts to create education programs that build children’s resilience to violent messages and foster positive sense of identity and belonging. “Mr. Thorbjorn Jayland, secretary General of the council of Europe said: If we want to promote democratic ideas we need to promote values and teach children to live with others equally.” (UNESCO Education Sector, 2016)


I was encouraged that a clear message of the necessity of early child education is all over the world. These articles demonstrate awareness, accessibility , and responsive are global issues not just local issues. As I read each of these articles, I reflected on my own classroom and how we work hard to not just survive, but that we want children to thrive. Our program continues by challenged to meet the goal of accessibility for all children and especially our most vulnerable children. The final connection was to never lose sight of the social emotional need of children. Children all over the world all deserve and have a right to quality early care and education. We as professionals must continue to advocate to those who cannot speak for themselves.





UNESCO Education Sector, (2016) European Ministers Back Education for Democracy to Counter Extremism, Racism



UNESCO office in Harare, (2016) In Mbabane, Swaziland in Southern Africa



UNESCO office for Iraq, (2016) Syrian Refuges Welcome New Secondary Schools in Basirma Camp, Iraq




Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

7 thoughts on “Educational Resource from around the world http://www.unesco.org

  1. Around the world the importance of early education is acknowledged and many third world countries who are behind are striving to make opportunities better. Haiti for example was hit with a huge earthquake in 2010 that called for reconstruction and investment funds. Since then, the enrollment rate for primary school children has increased from 50% to 90%. I would say now that is a successful turnaround despite huge adversity.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the three articles you explored for this week’s blog assignment. I find comfort in knowing that the challenges we face in early childhood are the same all over the world. At the same time it saddens me that we all have the same challenges and progress is very slow moving. Research shows the importance of early childhood education and yet this world does not embrace it and move forward. I find it shocking and frustrating. Thank you again.


  3. Thank you for your informative post. I am going to take time to read all of these articles. I really liked this quote that you shared. I totally agree that we need to support our children’s needs. I believe that we are focusing so much on readiness when we need to look at the needs of the child and support them.
    “It is important to exceed merely supporting children to survive, but it support them so that they thrive.” (UNESCO office in Harare, 2016)

    Thank you again!

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  4. I though that was a pretty powerful quote as well. Sometimes the work can get difficult and we can get drained and before we know it were are merely surviving. I defiantly want to thrive not just survive. I had this exact conversation with my administrator this week.


  5. Sounds like you found some informative information. It is encouraging to know the clear message of necessity for Early Childhood Education is being heard. Now it is time for some action to take place. You left me with was powerful when you stated, “I reflected on my own classroom and how we work hard to not just survive, but that we want children to thrive”. This is an incredible and powerful thought. One each of us need to keep close with us as we travel on our adventures through Early Childhood. Thanks for the inspiring words!


  6. very informative and encouraging blog. I plan to refer back to the articles you mentioned. Despite the common issues around the world it is up to ECE to come together and speak up for the children of the future. A you stated t we need to support our children’s needs. Everything will fall into place if we choose this as a priority. Thanks for sharing.


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