Learning to live together in a pluralistic world characterised by cultural diversity: this is the mission of the schools associated with UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet).
The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network is a global network that currently encompasses more than 9900 educational institutions (ranging from pre-schools and primary schools to secondary schools and teacher training institutions) in 180 countries worldwide. The network was first established by UNESCO in 1953. 83 Austrian schools are members of ASPnet.
UNESCO Associated Schools serve as a model for a specific educational principle. Learning is experienced as an activity-focused process. Schools pursue an interdisciplinary, intercultural approach to cooperation and embed a high degree of teamwork. They apply an integrative style of education that appreciates diversity as a key component in its pedagogy. Practicing democracy is a pre-eminent educational goal. UNESCO Associated Schools proactively commit to human rights, a culture of peace and sustainable development. They are also active in their immediate environment through protection of natural and cultural heritage. UNESCO Associated Schools emphasise modern technologies as teaching tools and at the same time critically discussing the consequences of the rapid spread of technology through a teaching focus on media education.