United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Mission Statement

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) contributes to the building of peace, the alleviation of poverty, sustainable development and inter-cultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

Activities

In Swaziland, the mandate of UNESCO is implemented through the National Commission for UNESCO, an office set up by the Government of Swaziland for liaison with UNESCO. UNESCO is active in supporting the development of National Policies and Plans in Education (EFA Plan, UNESCO National Education Support Strategy, ECD and OVC policies), building capacities in management of education systems through EMIS, promoting inclusive education, teachers' education and quality in education as well as adult literacy.

UNESCO supports the implementation of the Water Act while building capacity in the basic engineering sciences starting with the formulation of a National Science and Technology Policy.  The promotion and protection of human rights while building a culture of peace, safeguarding and promoting tangible and intangible heritage, and cultural heritage for community-based tourism have been the focus in culture.

UNESCO promotes press freedom and capacitates media professionals. Furthermore, supports the Ministry of Education and Training to organise the sector's HIV and health education response.