November 16th, 1945: UNESCO is founded
Over the years, the United Nations has been a who’s who of world leaders. With such a massive amount of power involved, they couldn’t really fit it all in NYC. They turned to the City of Lights for one of its most important branches.
Open up your books
In the 1940s, Paris was in the midst of World War II with chaos happening in every direction. Because of this, the International Bureau of Education had to put their sessions on hold. Founded in 1925, the IBE dealt with education throughout Europe, and they attracted geniuses such as Albert Einstein.
In 1943, countries such as the United States and China headed to the Moscow Conference to discuss the war. One major thing that was agreed upon was the building of an international organization for education. Since Paris already had the IBE, they felt like expanding on that idea.
This Butler serves education
Paris wasn’t alone in bringing this new venture to life to the United Nations. U.K. Minister of Education Rab Butler threw his hat in the process. His name might not be familiar, but his influence on education in the U.K. is still prevalent today. He introduced the Education Act of 1944, which changed the entire school landscape. Through the act, schools offered meals to students and divided students through education levels. Butler was basically the Bono of the U.K. school system.
With Butler helps, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was born.
Building peace in minds forever
On November 4, 1946, the United Nations unveiled UNESCO to the public. Many people were a bit perplexed on this organization’s purpose. Luckily, they were able to get the smooth-talking Julian Huxley to ease people’s worries.
Over time, UNESCO has brought major changes to education around the world. With numerous awards, several people have earned recognition for their actions in aiding our society.