Education for Human Rights, Inter-cultural and Inter-religious Dialogue: The Role of UNESCO

  • Linda King
Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 4)


This chapter discusses the role of UNESCO with regard to the emerging area of work on inter-religious dialogue and education. It focuses only on those aspects which are directly related to education and schooling. As a whole, the Organization works in many spheres, promoting, for example, the creation of UNESCO Chairs around the world on inter-religious dialogue or on inter-cultural education, or convening meetings of spiritual leaders to discuss ways forward to breach misunderstanding and between peoples of different faiths. In the sections that follow, I describe the mandate of the Organization and its evolving mission and current issues. In doing so, I focus not only on the issues of cultural diversity, multiculturalism and inter-religious dialogue, but also seek to show with examples and references the way in which the discourse is interpreted and reshaped through practice.


Dialogue Human rights Inter-cultural Inter-religious UNESCO 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education Sector, UNESCOParisFrance

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