UNESCO schools form a network of over 11.500 educational institutions in 182 countries worldwide. More than 98 Austrian UNESCO schools are part of this international network – which is gaining increasing popularity. Participation in the international and national network of UNESCO schools is designed as a long-term commitment. The entire school community is called upon to continuously incorporate the concerns of UNESCO into all areas of everyday school life.
From kindergardens, elementary schools, middle schools, academic secondary schools and vocational schools to teacher training colleges, public or private – the ASP-Network is open to all types of schools. Membership in the network is not to be understood as an award alone. Rather, it is a commitment to the goals and ideals of UNESCO and signals a willingness to contribute to peace, international understanding and sustainable development.
Advantages of membership
- Access to the international school network (ASPnet) with over 11.500 schools worldwide and participation in international activities.
- Information, communication and exchange of experience in the national network as well as implementation of joint projects.
- Advice and support in the implementation of projects
- Annual networking meeting / Annual Conference
- Participation in international meetings and exchange programs
Admission to the network
Step 1: Contact and preliminary interview with the national school coordinator.
Step 2: Application for membership at the Austrian Commission for UNESCO
Step 3: Two-year candidate phase
Step 4: Application for membership to UNESCO
Step 5: Admission
What distinguishes a UNESCO school
The school is committed to the UNESCO ideals and everyone participates: School leadership, teachers, staff, students and their families. The entire school community works to create a participatory, sustainable, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environment for all students.
Teaching and learning is based on the 4 pillars of the UNESCO concept of education: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together. The school is a pioneer and model for innovative, participatory and creative methods and approaches. Complex content is taught in practical projects. Students learn skills and competencies for critical thinking and independent action as well as teamwork, appreciation and mutual respect. Using tangible projects and practical as well as viable tasks, learners have the opportunity to recognize their own strengths and to develop self-confidence.
The ASP-network makes an important contribution to the achievement of global and national goals. UNESCO regularly sets thematic priorities that contribute significantly to the achievement of these goals. In UNESCO schools, these topics are pedagogically prepared in such a way that they actually reach the classroom. The Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the basis for the current focus areas:
- Global citizenship and a culture of peace and non-violence.
- Sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles
- Intercultural learning and appreciation of cultural diversity and heritage.
The school is in close contact and exchange with the national coordinator, with other UNESCO schools in Germany and abroad, as well as with the local community and various partners. Projects, activities and experiences are widely communicated so that as many as possible can benefit, learn and be inspired. The school also appoints a teacher as UNESCO officer to act as a contact person for the Austrian Commission for UNESCO and ensures that this person has the necessary information, sufficient time and support to fulfill the function.
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