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The IEC programme empowers teachers and future educators for their jobs in the 21st century, as entrepreneurs, as researchers and as learning specialists. Through methods like scenario planning, participatory research, cooperative learning, project management, reflection and appreciative inquiry, students are challenged to find new ways to creatively respond to the current needs of their work environments and to think up plausible courses of positive, innovative action for the future.

The IEC shares UNESCO’s commitment to a holistic and humanistic vision of quality education worldwide, the realization of everyone’s right to education and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development.

The programme actively contributes to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all – through implementations of the Education 2030 Framework for Action and the UNESCO ASPnet Action for Global Citizenship.