Dyslexia International at the 39th General Meeting of UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, at its biennial General Conferences, brings together government leaders from more than 190 Member States from all five world regions, confirming their adherence to the UNESCO Constitution.

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Chair Communications & Relations UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee (L) with Judith Sanson, Chair of Dyslexia International Board of Directors (R)

Dyslexia International wholeheartedly endorses UNESCO’s commitment to collaboration among nations through education: ‘the unrestricted pursuit of objective truth and free exchange of ideas and knowledge – full and equal opportunities for education for all – and  science and culture as a means to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for human rights and fundamental freedoms as affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations’.

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

These opening lines of UNESCO’s Constitution are engraved in ten languages in the Tolerance Square wall, UNESCO, Paris.


The Constitution in UNESCO’s six official languages

The meeting which took place from 30 October to 14 November was an historic occasion. Director General Irina Bokova stepped down after eight years of dedicated service for which she was paid tribute. Audrey Azoulay, as the newly elected Director General, was welcomed and invited to make her introductory speech at the investiture ceremony on 13 November.

Three representatives of Dyslexia International, our NGO which has official consultative partnership, attended, including Honorary Board Members Diane and Dominique de Mas Latrie to whom our organization owes unreserved thanks for all their support.

Dyslexia International’s Invitations, addressed for the attention of all  Ministers of Education were given out to official representatives present from Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America and Latin America and the Caribbean, requesting they   review and endorse our free online teacher training Open Courseware as a sustainable and scalable means of ensuring that authentic, science-based teacher training incorporating the latest scientific research, free of charge, is guaranteed for all their teachers.

The fact remains that without adequate teaching training Dyslexia, officially known as Specific Reading Difficulties, will continue negatively to impact on the lives of more than 700 million children and adults across the world. To build on our common interests of developing literacy for a fairer society, we invite all our members and associates to support our efforts to train educators around the world. Dyslexia International and its partners can transform the educational, social, and life prospects of children.