Education sector

Education and training have long been recognized as key drivers of social and economic development. The ILO supports international education goals through numerous decent work strategies, including combatting child labour, promoting social dialogue and freedom of association, and developing skills and employability strategies. The ILO also supports the key people who deliver education: teachers. Together with UNESCO, the ILO promotes principles of quality teaching at all levels of education through two Recommendations concerning teaching personnel, as well as the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel.


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    ILO Policy Guidelines on the promotion of decent work for early childhood education personnel

    Adopted by a Meeting of Experts in November 2013, the Guidelines set out principles for the promotion of decent work for early childhood education (ECE) personnel as a means of ensuring universal access to high-quality ECE services.

  1. Knowledge sharing

    Skills for Employment Global Public-Private Knowledge Sharing Platform

    ILO, UNESCO,  OECD and World Bank website exploring the link between education and training and decent and productive employment.


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    ILO Director-General calls for safe return of girls kidnapped in Nigeria

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder condemns the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls, and calls for the protection of students, teachers and schools in the conflict with militants.

  2. Statement for World Teachers' Day 2013

    Support teachers! The key to our future is in their hands

    On World Teachers' Day, October 5, the ILO salutes teachers and commits to supporting their key role in building the citizens and societies of the future, says Guy Ryder, the ILO's Director-General.

  3. Blog

    Fair play: decent work for early childhood educators

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  1. Sectoral Activities Department


Mr. Oliver Liang
Sectoral specialist:
education, culture, media, graphics
Sectoral Activities Department

International Labour Office
4, route des Morillons
CH-1211 Geneva 22 Switzerland

Tel:+41 22 799 6204
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