Education sector

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 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. Sustainable development goals

    Empowering teachers: Teaching in the post-2015 education agenda

    Communiqué adopted at the CEART at its 12th session in April 2015, calling for the recognition of the status of teachers in the 2030 education agenda.

  2. kindergarten, Vietnam

    Early childhood

    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. Post-2015 agenda

    Child labour and education: Progress, challenges and future directions (2015)

    This review examines recent debates and developments in child labour and education to help identify a strategic focus for work post-2015.

  2. TVET

    Business and initial vocational education and training in the Netherlands: A schematic overview (Working paper No. 307)

  3. TVET

    Strategies for sectoral training and employability in India: Case studies of the IT/ITES and automotive sectors (Working paper No. 306)

  4. Child labour

    Mainstreaming child labour concerns in education sector plans and programmes (2011) 

    Provides guidance in the planning and implementation of activities to integrate child labour issues into education plans and programmes.

  5. Early childhood

    Workplace solutions for childcare

    The book provides an overview of diverse workplace initiatives, beyond the traditional workplace crèche for pre-school children.