What is the OIEC?
The OIEC (International Office of Catholic Education) has been recognized as an international Catholic organization by the Holy See. It works in close collaboration with the Dicastery for Culture and Catholic Education (Vatican). It has consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC, Geneva and New York), UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
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The OIEC is an international Catholic organization with the aim of:
- To participate in the mission of the Church by promoting in the world an educational project of Catholic inspiration.
- To promote research on the specific contribution of the Catholic School in the educational field and on the adaptation of the school to the needs, realities and aspirations of its environment.
- To promote the creation, in schools and educational institutions, of “educational communities” in which all the partners work in solidarity and responsibility for educational and cultural progress and the development of the Gospel spirit, paying special attention to the most underprivileged and welcoming, with respect for consciences, all those who trust in this school.
- Create and develop relationships of mutual aid and active and responsible solidarity between members.
- To serve the network of exchanges between its members, for their mutual information and the information of other educators, through the development of communication.
- Collaborate with the bodies of the universal Church, with the Episcopal Conferences and with other international Catholic educational organizations.
- Ensure a representation of Catholic Education to international bodies, especially those concerned with education.
- To defend and promote the effective exercise of freedom of education, in accordance with distributive justice, and to foster relations of mutual recognition and partnership between Catholic Education and the countries in which it is present.