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UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network

Austrian project schools in the global Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet)  
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UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network

learning to know, learning to do, learning to be, learning to live together

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 which currently encompasses more than 11,500 educational institutions (ranging from nursery schools and primary schools to secondary schools and teacher training institutions) in 182 countries worldwide. The network was first established by UNESCO in 1953. 98 Austrian schools are presently 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 by protecting natural and cultural heritage. UNESCO Associated Schools emphasise modern technologies as teaching tools and, at the same time, critically discuss the consequences of the rapid spread of technology through a teaching focus on media education.


Transformative education in an overall political context

The term transformative education (or transformative learning TL) has become increasingly significant for UNESCO in recent years (UNESCO 2021a)[1]. The biannual global UNESCO forums as well as new types of events held specifically on this topic, such…