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UNESCO Associated Schools

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UNESCO Associated Schools in the UK is part of a global network of schools promoting quality education. The UK network supports the integration of international perspectives in schools and promotes the values of UNESCO, including human rights, peace, tolerance and sustainable development and cultural diversity. We work to better prepare UK children and young people for the challenges of an increasingly complex and interdependent world.

All members are encouraged to undertake projects and activities related to four study themes:

  1. The UN system and World Concerns
  2. Education for Sustainable Development
  3. Peace and Human Rights
  4. Intercultural Learning

The UK re-joined UNESCO Associated Schools in 2005. The Council for Education in World Citizenship (CEWC) provided the UK National Coordinator for the project until November 2007, when the post was shifted to the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) Secretariat. In January 2012 Kingston University assumed the UK National Coordinator role from the UKNC. The UNESCO Associated Schools Steering Group oversees the UNESCO Associated Schools network in the UK and provides guidance to the National Coordinator.

There are currently 75 UNESCO Associated schools in the UK, involved in projects around one or more of the four study themes.

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World Heritage Education
Thumb: World Heritage Education
Working with UK World Heritage Sites to engage communities and young people with the internationally important heritage on their doorstep.
Joining UNESCO Associated Schools
Thumb: Joining UNESCO Associated Schools
Want to become part of a global network of schools directly linked with the UN system? Then join UNESCO Associated Schools today.
Teaching Resources
Thumb: Teaching Resources
Teaching materials and resources developed to support teaching and learning about UNESCO Associated Schools’ four study themes.
Ideas for Projects and Activities
Whether you are new to UNESCO Associated Schools and wanting to get started or you are an existing member looking for new ideas, this section will help you develop the UNESCO activities in your school.


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