Ocean literacy is about understanding human influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on humans. 35 countries have committed to piloting the Toolkit “Ocean Literacy for All” (available in English, Spanish and French), developed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. The toolkit contains resources, effective practices, lessons, and activities that can be used by educators in formal and non-formal education contexts to support the implementation of marine education initiatives.

The toolkit provides learners with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to understand ocean processes and related impacts and it sheds light on the role of personal and collective behaviors in creating and resolving marine environmental issues, ultimately leading to a shift in values to promote marine pro-environmental actions. In the perspective of the upcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the feedback from schools will provide essential guidance to UNESCO for a possible revision of the toolkit or the development of new additional teaching materials.​