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.


  1. World Day Against Child Labour

    No to child labour, yes to quality education

    On June 12, the World Day Against Child Labour will focus on the importance of quality education as a key step in tackling child labour. On this day, the ILO will call for:

    • free, compulsory and quality education for all children at least to the minimum age for admission to employment and action to reach those presently in child labour;
    • new efforts to ensure that national policies on child labour and education are consistent and effective;
    • policies that ensure access to quality education and investment in the teaching profession.

  2. kindergarten, Vietnam


    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.