Keystone to the 21th Century
To the United Nations, education means “that people, whatever their age, have an opportunity, individually and collectively, to realize their potential.”
Education has been identified as the key to meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Accelerating technological change and growing complexity are best accepted through widespread distribution of information. U.N. officials point out that since World War II, more than nine out of 10 wars are fought within states, rather than between them. Often the source of these conflicts is a lack of economic and social development.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency of the U.N., fosters international cooperation in education. The agency sponsors training programs for teachers and literary programs, and creates learning facilities like permanent and mobile libraries.