Guide forNationalCoordinatorsUNESCOAssociatedSchools
2I ·ContentsI · Introducing UNESCOAssociated Schools 2II · Orientations, prioritiesand strategy 4III · Study themes, flags...
4552138 9 583910 54 75145946209406824128 47128043810884414081467927550811635 27683Guide for National Coordinators | UNESCO...
II·4Supporting theEducation for AllAction Week!Associated Schools are encouragedto participate in the annual Educationfor ...
5UNESCO/JEANO’SULLIVANThe first phase of a multi-country, multi-year ASPnet project began in 2005 insupport of the Decade ...
6In Gambia, in 2003, the Associated Schoolsand the National Commission for UNESCOorganized a six-month series of activitie...
7UNESCO-DC/MONDIALOGOUNESCO-DC/MONDIALOGOBerlin BlueprintIn 2004 an international expert consultation was held in Berlin t...
8UNIII·In its role as catalyst and facilitator, ASPnet suggests that Associated Schoolsconduct – jointly when possible – i...
92. Education for sustainable developmentThis theme enables students to link the environmental, economic, social and cultu...
10UNESCO/JEANO’SULLIVANSALTDALASPnet students in Benin3. Peace and human rightsBy studying and discussing international re...
11The international campaign All Equal in Diversity: Mobilizing Schools Against Racism,Discrimination and Exclusion was la...
12IV·National coordination: hoNational Coordinators and teachers play a vital role in managing UNESCOAssociated Schools. W...
13ow it worksWhen a Colombian ASPnet schooldecided to take a radical new approach toschool discipline based on life skills...
14Reports: an essential exercisePreparing an Annual Report on Associated School activities in his/her country is one ofthe...
15National partnersof Associated SchoolsIn each country the National Commission for UNESCO appoints the NationalCoordinato...“The UNESCOAssociated SchoolsProject Network (ASPnet)is one of UNESCO’sstrong...
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  1. 1. Guide forNationalCoordinatorsUNESCOAssociatedSchools
  2. 2. 2I ·ContentsI · Introducing UNESCOAssociated Schools 2II · Orientations, prioritiesand strategy 4III · Study themes, flagship projects,campaigns and experimentation 8IV · National coordination:how it works 12V · National partners ofAssociated Schools 15Sources and resources 15UNESCO Associated Schools | Guide for National CoordinatorsCreated in 1953, the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet),commonly referred to as UNESCO Associated Schools, is a worldwide networkwhich in 2006 covers 176 countries and more than 7,900 schools and collegesranging from pre-school to secondary and teacher training institutions.ASPnet’s aims are to promote UNESCO’s ideal of peace and contribute toimproving the quality of education.UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – wasfounded in 1945 with a mandate to contribute to peace through international cooperationwithin its fields of competence. In 1953 UNESCO launched its Associated Schools Project,initially in some 15 countries, as an educational pilot project based on pedagogicalinnovation and international cooperation. Today it is one of the largest school networksin the world working under the auspices of the United Nations towards internationalunderstanding.The Associated Schools also play a role in helping to achieve those United NationsMillennium Development Goals (MDGs) that serve as the basis for UNESCO’s own prioritiesin the first decade of the Twenty-first Century: education for all (EFA), the struggle againstpoverty and education for sustainable development (ESD).The four study themes proposed to Associated Schools are:1. World concerns and the role of the United Nations system;2. Education for sustainable development;3. Peace and human rights;4. Intercultural learning.Associated Schools are invited to create innovative pedagogical projects, to design newteaching materials and methods and to develop exchanges between students and teachersthe world over. Each school adapts these activities to its own centres of interest, capacitiesand social and cultural environment. The aim is not merely to develop the teaching ofvalues and ideals, but to put these into practice in school life.• Leaders in quality educationASPnet facilitates good practices and their dissemination in Associated Schools and nationaleducation systems. Indeed, UNESCO encourages the participation of ASPnet NationalCoordinators and teachers in processes of educational reform. Associated Schools canthus be a great help in improving the quality of education.Associated Schools enjoy increasing recognition on the part of the internationalcommunity, with a number of States, as well as the private sector, supporting projects.• Taking part in ASPnetThere are different ways in which schools can take part in ASPnet. They can:• launch activities on one or several of the four above-listed study themes;• take part, according to the location of the school, in one of the ASPnet flagship projects(see page 8);• participate in the campaigns organized by Associated Schools and observe theinternational Days and Years celebrated by UNESCO and the United Nations;• act as experimental centres for testing and validating pedagogical materials producedby UNESCO or its partners.Introducing UNESCO AssoWelcome!You arethe NationalCoordinator forUNESCO Associated Schools inyour country, or principal of anAssociated School. This makes youa member of the UNESCO Asso-ciated Schools Project Network(ASPnet), which has been strivingto improve education in all worldregions for over 50 years.In 2003, at ASPnet’s 50th Anni-versary International Congress inAuckland, New Zealand, thenetwork was entrusted with arenewed and strengthenedmandate.The resulting ASPnet Strategyand Plan of Action for 2004-2009invites Associated Schools todouble their efforts to furtherpeace and international under-standing and to focus theiractivities on UNESCO priorities,with quality education for all infirst place.These new orientations called fora new Guide for you, NationalCoordinators, who are theessential actors behind ASPnet’ssuccess around the world.The ASPnet InternationalCoordination teamUNESCO, Paris
  3. 3. 4552138 9 583910 54 75145946209406824128 47128043810884414081467927550811635 27683Guide for National Coordinators | UNESCO Associated Schools• How to become a UNESCO Associated SchoolAssociated School membership implies long-term commitment on the part of the schoolprincipal and teaching staff. As a first step, they must submit a pluridisciplinaryeducational project on one or several of ASPnet’s study themes to the UNESCO NationalCommission in their country, for the attention of the ASPnet National Coordinator.If the National Coordinator and the National Commission accept the request, the schoolis sent an application form to be returned to the National Commission, which forwardsit to UNESCO. The school then designates its own contact person who undertakes tosend in annual reports.The application form constitutes a moral contract between the school and UNESCO; ithas no financial implications. It can be complemented with a charter signed by the schooland the National Commission. A trial year is sometimes required.The Coordinator’s Kit contains models of application forms, charter and annual reports.• What is to be gained from taking part in ASPnet?Teachers and students of Associated Schools often speak of their pride in belonging toa worldwide UNESCO network. They feel that they “are part of the solution and not theproblem”, as expressed by a student participating in the Baltic Sea Project. Exchangesbetween countries deepen their knowledge and understanding of other cultures.Twinning partnerships between schools are encouraged and to facilitate such contacts,the ASPnet directory is sent to all schools.For teachers, working and sharing experiences on joint projects with colleagues all overthe world and at all levels of education is a powerful source of motivation and inspiration.For students, the opportunity to take on responsibilities and develop different skills is anexcellent preparation for adult citizenship.Associated Schools thus improve the content of curricula at school level and developparticipatory methods of teaching and learning. To help them achieve this, UNESCOregularly sends publications developed by ASPnet or its partners to each Associated School.ociated SchoolsAssociated Schoolpriorities• Promoting Education for All andin particular goals 3 (life skills) and 6(quality of education) of the DakarFramework for Action, with emphasis onthe ideals of UNESCO and on the fourpillars of learning identified in the reportEducation for the Twenty-first Century,which are learning to know, learning to do,learning to live together and learningto be.• Identifying and disseminating examplesof quality education, with emphasis onUNESCO priorities.Latin AmericaAfrica Arab States Asia & Pacific Europe & North America & the Caribbean41 countries 18 countries 40 countries 47 countries 30 countries1688 schools 599 schools 1460 schools 2303 schools 1765 schoolsThe world’s largest network of schools linked to the United NationsNursery/Pre-schoolPrimaryPrimary/SecondarySecondaryVocational/Technical educationTeacher trainingLaunched in 1953 in 15 countries, ASPnetnumbers 7,900 schools in 176 countries inall world regions (2006 figures)
  4. 4. II·4Supporting theEducation for AllAction Week!Associated Schools are encouragedto participate in the annual Educationfor All Action Week, organized by theGlobal Campaign for Education ondifferent themes such as education forgirls or out-of-school children(estimated at more than 100 million in2005). Students from numerousAssociated Schools all over the worldmobilize their efforts for EFA ActionWeek: they carry out surveys in theircommunity, challenge their politicalrepresentatives, organise events and insome countries visit Parliament andmeet the Minister of Education, oreven the Head of State.Orientations, priorities andThe principles and values that guide the work of Associated Schools are thoseof the United Nations in general and UNESCO in particular. To implement them,ASPnet has drawn up a Strategy and Plan of Action for 2004-2009. These twoinstruments introduce fresh orientations for a better response to today’schallenges and the goal of quality education for all. ASPnet NationalCoordinators are therefore encouraged to plan the activities of their nationalnetworks according to these orientations.1. Orientations• Millennium Development GoalsIn 2000, for the first time, the Member States of the United Nations made a commitmentto tackle together, on all fronts, the problems of peace, poverty, security and development,human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Millennium Declaration identifies thefollowing eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015:Millennium Development Goals1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger2. Achieve universal primary education3. Promote gender equality and empower women4. Reduce child mortality (among the under-fives)5. Improve maternal health6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases7. Ensure environmental sustainability8. Develop a global partnership for development• Quality Education for AllThe second Millenium Goal is a reaffirmation of the commitment made in 2000 by theinternational community to Education for All (EFA) as defined in the Dakar Frameworkfor Action and which is the first of UNESCO’s priorities. The Associated Schools areparticularly concerned by EFA goals 3 and 6.Education for All: The six goals of the Dakar Framework for Action1. Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education2. Ensuring that by 2015 all children have access to free and compulsory primaryeducation of good quality3. Promoting learning and the acquisition of life skills for adolescents and young people4. Achieving a 50% improvement in levels of adult literacy by 20155. Eliminating gender disparities by 2005 and achieving gender equality in educationby 20156. Improving the quality of educationWhile all Associated Schools contribute to EFA through their different activities, somemake an explicit commitment to its achievement, such as those all over the world thatparticipate in EFA Action Week.Similarly, at all levels of its information and communication strategy, ASPnet favoursactivities that further EFA goals. News Infos, the ASPnet publication, has a special“Education for All” page.UNESCO Associated Schools | Guide for National CoordinatorsTwo works from the“Send my friend toschool” exhibitionon the theme ofout-of schoolchildren(UNESCO, EFAWeek, April 2005)ARTIST:STANLISLAS;PHOTO:UNESCO/MICHELRAVASSARDARTIST:VALERIEN’DRI;PHOTO:UNESCO/MICHELRAVASSARD
  5. 5. 5UNESCO/JEANO’SULLIVANThe first phase of a multi-country, multi-year ASPnet project began in 2005 insupport of the Decade of Education forSustainable Development (DESD) andpromoting Education for All (EFA) inVietnam. Called “ASPnet/CommunityLearning Centre Partnership for QualityEducation”, the project aims atdeveloping and testing core ESD learningmaterials in selected ASPnet schools andCommunity Learning Centres (CLCs)in Vietnam. The UNESCO Hanoi andBangkok offices are jointly implementingthe project.Ultimately, the ASPnet/CLC projectaims to realign ASPnet with EFApriorities in the whole sub-region. Itfocuses on how ASPnet schools and CLCscan work together and complement eachother in responding to learning needs inlocal communities. Following a thoroughtesting process, appropriate ESD teach-ing/learning resource materials will betranslated and adapted for shared use inASPnet schools and CLCs in the fields of:Environmental Education, CulturalHeritage Education, Life Skillsprogrammes, Income-Generation skillstraining, Gender Education, EnvironmentProtection, HIV and AIDS Prevention andHealth Care and other ESD-related topics.Resource material will be made for bothchildren and adults.This is clearly an excellent example ofbringing ASPnet to scale in the EFAmovement at the all-important grassrootslevel.Achieving Education for All in Vietnamd strategyGuide for National Coordinators | UNESCO Associated Schools• United Nations Decade of Education for SustainableDevelopment (2005-2014)UNESCO is lead agency for this Decade. It is in charge of coordinating the efforts ofgovernments, civil society, educators and students to include sustainable developmentat all levels of education systems and set up training programmes in and materials foreducation for sustainable development (ESD). Associated Schools are true pioneers, sincethey have been working in this field since the 1970s. The greatest ESD success story isthat of the flagship Baltic Sea Project, launched in 1989. A large number of AssociatedSchools work on sustainable development themes such as water, sustainable consumption,desertification and wetlands.• The International Decade for a Culture of Peace andNon-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)UNESCO is in charge of the education component of this Decade. It is also helping countriesto implement the first phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-2007), which focuses on primary and secondary education. Associated Schools who havemade an outstanding contribution to the promotion of peace through their initiativeshave received a special Peace Pillar Award.An ASPnet school in VietnamLogo of the Decade of Educationfor Sustainable Development
  6. 6. 6In Gambia, in 2003, the Associated Schoolsand the National Commission for UNESCOorganized a six-month series of activities tofight the stigmatization and discriminationsuffered by people living with HIV andAIDS. The programme included a postercompetition, a march, a symposium(screening of a documentary and presen-tations by directors of two well known HIV-and AIDS-related organizations), a quiz, adebating contest and a play. The topic ofthe debate was “Prevention: Governmentand Society Versus Personal and Indivi-dual” (The winner, Latrikunda Upper BasicSchool, demonstrated that prevention wasthe responsibility of each and every one.)The topic of the play, written and acted bythe students of Gambia Senior SecondarySchool, was forced marriage and girls’education.Promoting HIV and AIDS awareness in Africa2. ASPnet PrioritiesASPnet’s work is aligned with UNESCO’s priorities, with pride of place given to EFA- andMDG-related initiatives such as combating HIV and AIDS and eradicating poverty,encouraging teacher training and contributing to environmental sustainablility oftenthrough the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).• Fight against HIV and AIDS and poverty eradicationThe Associated Schools of three African Countries – Gambia, South Africa and Uganda– helped to prepare and experiment the preventive education kit, Living and Learningin a World with HIV/AIDS which aims to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS at schoolamong students, teachers and parents and to combat the discrimination connected with it.Associated Schools in several countries have experimented Feeding Minds, FightingHunger, a kit on hunger and malnutrition prepared by the United Nations Food andAgriculture Organization (FAO).• Teacher training and lifelong learningSpecial training programmes for National Coordinators and teachers in Associated Schoolsare periodically organized by National Commissions and UNESCO Regional Offices atnational, regional and international levels, either as part of UNESCO flagship projectssuch as World Heritage Education, the Baltic Sea Project or the Great Volga River Route,or with a view to developing educational materials such as Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger.Some of these projects also produce innovative teachers’ guides.• Achieving EFA goals and environmental sustainabilitythrough the strategic use of information and communicationtechnologies (ICTs)UNESCO encourages the creation of projects on crosscutting themes carried out jointlyby several of its Sectors.One example of this is the flagship project launched in 2004 by the Associated Schoolsin cooperation with the Culture, Science and Communication and Information Sectors,the Great Volga River Route (GVRR) – Uniting the Seas (Baltic, Black and Caspian Seas).This project is a contribution by UNESCO to intercultural dialogue and world heritageeducation for sustainable development, made possible by the use of information andcommunication technologies (ICTs). The Great Volga River Route project is being carriedout in 109 schools in 16 countries bordering the Volga and the Baltic, Black and CaspianSeas. Under this project a selection of world heritage sites and biosphere reserves in theregion has been published, along with a map, and seminars and forums for teachers andstudents from participating schools have been organized. The latter are encouraged todevise new pedagogical approaches and to present these on the Great Volga River RouteWeb portal at evaluationIn 2003, after 50 years of ASPnet’sremarkable expansion and countlessachievements, UNESCO ordered anindependent global evaluation of theactivities and functioning ofAssociated Schools.This evaluation concludes that ASPnet“is in a unique position to effectimprovement in educational quality”.It confirms the effectiveness ofAssociated Schools in areas such as thesearch for relevance in schoolprogrammes; participatory and inter-disciplinary learning methods; thechanging role of teachers as agents forchange; the establishment of a morepositive climate in the classroom and inschool; the involvement of parents andthe community and national andinternational twinning partnershipsbetween schools.Commenting on ASPnet’s weak points,the evaluation singles out uncertaintyconcerning impact on national educationpolicies, a profusion of themes liable todisperse energies and frequentlyexpressed frustration at the scarcity ofmaterials translated into local languages.The evaluation stresses the role played byAssociated Schools as models for otherschools and for their community, as wellas the quality of the commitment andwork of coordinators at school, nationaland regional levels.UNESCO Associated Schools | Guide for National Coordinators | Orientations, priorities and strategies
  7. 7. 7UNESCO-DC/MONDIALOGOUNESCO-DC/MONDIALOGOBerlin BlueprintIn 2004 an international expert consultation was held in Berlin to discuss implementationof the ASPnet Strategy and Plan of Action. The resulting recommendations, publishedas the Berlin Blueprint, advocate a better and broader use of ICTs, improving the capacityof Associated Schools to monitor and evaluate their activities and the developmentof ASPnet’s role as a data source for international surveys on innovative themes, forexample the impact of the media, non-violence at school, values and attitudes andself-esteem, etc.Guide for National Coordinators | UNESCO Associated Schools3. The ASPnet Strategy and Plan of Action(2004 – 2009)The Associated Schools 50th Anniversary International Congress held in Auckland, NewZealand in 2003 gathered almost 300 participants from 93 countries. These includedrepresentatives of Ministries of Education and National Commissions for UNESCO, NationalCoordinators and experts. On the basis of the results of the Global Evaluation, the Congressestablished a Strategy and Plan of Action for 2004–2009 inviting Member States to supportand consolidate ASPnet and inviting ASPnet to concentrate its activities on UNESCO’smajor priorities, primarily on education for all and quality education.For schools, the Plan of Action recommends:— establishing an annual school plan for quality education, defining priorities, objectivesand a timetable;— developing participatory, democratic approaches in the classroom and in schoolmanagement, involving students, teachers, parents and the community;— sending an annual report on activities and results to the National Coordinator.At country level, the Plan of Action invites National Commissions for UNESCO andMinistries of Education, to, inter alia:— nominate and train a National Coordinator;— prepare, on the basis of EFA goals 3 and 6, a National Strategy and Plan of Action forAssociated Schools in their country;— prepare a National Charter of Associated Schools which would be mutually bindingupon National Commissions and Associated Schools.— inform national authorities of ASPnet achievements in promoting quality educationand urge them to implement their innovations in national education systems.At international and regional levels, everyone with responsibility in ASPnet isencouraged to reinforce the four study themes, increase the visibility of actions and ensuretraining and capacity-building for National Coordinators, school principals and teachers,as well as developing partnerships with United Nations agencies, NGOs, foundations andthe private sector.Thailand: the schoolin the communityChalermkwanstree Associated Schooland the local Community LearningCentre in the province of Pitsanulokare working together on joint projects.Students have carried out a survey toensure that local development needsare identified and they have gone intothe community to help facilitate thelearning process. The school itself isturned towards the community; forexample, as it has a range of equip-ment and materials, it opens as acomputer learning centre for thepublic.ASPnet studentsin Thailand
  8. 8. 8UNIII·In its role as catalyst and facilitator, ASPnet suggests that Associated Schoolsconduct – jointly when possible – interdisciplinary activities responding to localconcerns that also fit into a wider international context, on one or several ofthe four ASPnet study themes. These may take the form of a school or communityinitiative, participation in a flagship project or campaign, or experimentingpedagogical materials.Flagship projects are major regional or international projects managed by NationalCoordinators and a Regional Coordinator. By their very scope and duration, they enableacquired knowledge and experience to be passed on through training activities for teachers,production of teaching manuals, dissemination of good practices and eventualincorporation of these into school curricula.Campaigns aim at mobilizing Associated Schools in favour of one of the study themes.Necessary documentation and materials can be sent to schools.Experimentation of teaching materials and innovative methods make Associated Schoolspedagogical “laboratories”. Such materials can then be better adapted to the require-ments of schools in different regions of the world and they are often disseminatedworldwide and thus contribute to ASPnet’s “multiplier effect”.Four study themes1. World concerns and the role of the United Nations systemActivities chosen by Associated Schools concern topical subjects linked to the prioritythemes of UNESCO and the United Nations, such as peace, poverty, hunger, HIV andAIDS, racism and discrimination, child labour and sustainable consumption.The celebration of international Years and Days also provides students with opportunitiesto discuss the issues concerned in their world context and become more familiar withthe United Nations system.ImplementationI Every year since 1995, as part of the flagship project This is our Time, Associated Schoolswith access to ICTs link up for 24 hours via the Internet, fax, video-conferencing or othermeans. There is a different theme each year, such as human rights, world heritage, culturaldiversity and sustainable development. After months of joint preparation, the Time projectoffers concentrated, intercultural, real-time dialogue that allows participants to investigatea theme and enrich it with other points of view. This project is organized in partnershipwith the Netherlands NGO e-linQ.www.timeproject.orgI The Truce Story, a booklet aiming to promote the Olympic spirit has been tested inAssociated Schools in 44 countries. It comes with a teachers’ guide and is produced bythe International Centre for the Olympic Truce based in Athens, Greece.The ModelUnited NationsThree hundred of them took part inthe United Nations General Assembly– in the Security Council, theEconomic and Social Council(ECOSOC) and several Committeesdealing with regional cooperation,disarmament, environment andterritorial conflicts. For four daysstudents from 25 Associated Schoolsstaunchly defended their 42 countries’positions on current issues such asIraq, the Middle East, arms sales,minority rights, girls’ schooling, globalwarming, nuclear waste, etc. Tensionrose to a climax when the time came tovote on the expansion of the SecurityCouncil and the elimination of theveto. In the end, it was the status quothat won by a small majority.Just routine? Not at all: theseparticular international delegates weretaking part in a “model UN” sessionorganized in Israel by the country’sAssociated Schools in 2005. Theparticipants, young Israelis of differentorigins, including Palestinian origin,said they had come “to learn moreabout the United Nations, meet otherstudents and – as some confessed –practice their English!”“Model UN” sessions are organized byAssociated Schools in severalcountries.UNESCO Associated Schools | Guide for National CoordinatorsHeadquarters of the United Nations,New York, United StatesStudy themes, flagship pr
  9. 9. 92. Education for sustainable developmentThis theme enables students to link the environmental, economic, social and culturaldimensions of development. Activities can relate to the main issues connected withsustainable development such as poverty, environmental deterioration, demographicgrowth and urban and rural transformations, but also to health, ethics, gender equality,social justice, governance and cultural diversity. Creating an Agenda 21 for the schoolor community, studying different areas of indigenous knowledge or tackling the problemof over-consumption are all ways of furthering the objectives of the Decade of Educationfor Sustainable Development (2005-2014).ImplementationI Since 1989, 300 Associated Schools in the nine countries around the Baltic Sea havebeen working together under the flagship Baltic Sea Project to improve the environmentof the sea that unites them. In the classroom and in the field, students study water quality,coastal observation and environmental history. This project, thanks to its longevity, hasallowed an accumulation of pedagogical experience and theory and the disseminationof good practices. Training seminars are regularly organized for teachers, as well as summercourses and forums for students. The project has published six Learners’ Guides as wellas a regular newsletter. The project’s impact extends far beyond the Associated Schoolsproject; China has requested permission to translate one of the manuals into Chinese.www.b-s-p.orgI The flagship Caribbean Sea Project has been mobilizing schools in the Caribbean onthe theme of the environment since 1994. Thanks to the scientific and technologicalcontent of its pedagogical materials, students are able to investigate, for example, solutionsto protect the corals or mangroves of their region. This project has led to the creation ofanother, The Sandwatch Project, the aim of which is to train students in scientific coastalobservation and sample collection so as to help reduce pollution of the Caribbean Sea.Sandwatch helps students to participate in their community’s efforts towards better coastalmanagement and is thus an efficient way of implementing the Decade of Education forSustainable Development in the Caribbean.I The pedagogical Kit on Combating Desertification was produced in cooperation withUNESCO’s Science Sector and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification(, and tested in Associated Schools. Published in eight languages, it offersinformation and techniques for limiting soil degradation. The overall message is positive:desertification is not inevitable and we all have a role to play at our own level.(Kit: 30 euros, Contact: Thomas Schaaf, Ramsar, a game produced with the International Ramsar Convention on Wetlands,gives players pedagogical and scientific advice on the vital importance of such zones forthe ecological balance of the world. It has been tested in Associated Schools the worldover.www.ramsar.orgI The youthXchange project on sustainable consumption is a joint creation of the UnitedNations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and UNESCO and aims to help associationsand teachers to raise awareness in young people, who are the consumers of tomorrow.A guide published in 13 languages and a website offer concrete, accessible solutions foradopting sustainable forms of consumption. The project also deals with the basic issuesand questions of ethics, with a view to encouraging young people to look carefully attheir own values and choices.www.youthxchange.netGuide for National Coordinators | UNESCO Associated SchoolsBaltic Sea: an ASPnetproject taken to scaleThe Baltic Sea Project is an example ofhow an ASPnet project can be brought toscale. The work of teachers and studentshas influenced policy preparationthroughout the region, to the extent that itwas taken into account for BALTIC 21, anAgenda 21 for the Baltic Sea regionpresented in 2002 at the World Summiton Sustainable Development in Johannes-burg, South Africa. Baltic Sea Projectteachers and students thus played a partin charting a policy for their region.The Baltic Sea Project has launcheda series of secondary-level teachingmaterials and Learners’ Guidesintended for Associated Schools in theregion. Six Learners’ Guides arealready available:(1) Water Quality(2) Air Quality(3) From Words to Action(4) Rivers(5) An Agenda 21 for theBaltic Sea Region(6) Environmental History.www.b-s-p.orgrojects, and experimentation
  10. 10. 10UNESCO/JEANO’SULLIVANSALTDALASPnet students in Benin3. Peace and human rightsBy studying and discussing international reference texts such as the Universal Declarationof Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, students develop anawareness of their own rights and those of others and of their duties and responsibilities.Most Associated School activities on this theme aim at reinforcing critical thinking, civicresponsibility, education in favour of diversity and mutual respect and the non-violentresolution of conflicts.ImplementationI Breaking the Silence, a flagship education project on the transatlantic slave trade, bringstogether Associated Schools from the three continents that share this chapter of history(Africa, Europe, the Americas/Caribbean). Since 1998, Breaking the Silence has aimedto increase knowledge and awareness of the causes and consequences of slavery andthe slave trade and of the contributions made by Africans to the development of theAmericas and Western Europe (including modern forms of slavery and racism). Numerousinternational encounters, twinning partnerships and exchanges of good practice havebeen organized and educational materials such as the trilogy Slave Voices, Slave Voyagesand Slave Visions and multimedia resources on sites of memory, have been producedand disseminated.UNESCO Associated Schools | Guide for National Coordinators | Study themes, flagship projects, and experimentationIt all started in 1995 when Jon Mollerfrom Norway met Monica RegisfordDouglin from Trinidad and Tobago. Bothteachers were members of an AssociatedSchools’ delegation at the celebration ofthe 50th anniversary of the UnitedNations in New York. By the end of thestay they had decided to twin theirschools.Ten years and over 20 exchange tripslater (in both directions) Saltdal School inNorway and schools in Trinidad andTobago celebrated their first decade oftwinning.Initially the exchange was with Monica’sschool, El Dorado, then other ASPnetschools took turns to host visits and behosted in return. In October 2005, theschools went one step further, organizingtwo three-way exchanges betweenNorway, Trinidad and Tobago andTanzania, focussing on topics related tothe Transatlantic Slave Trade (TST)project. Two tri-continental exchanges inone month is really quite an achievement!So how does a good twinning partnershipwork? Monica, who is also ASPnetNational Coordinator in Trinidad andTobago, has some words of advice forsuccessful, lasting twinning partnerships:“Work with students and teachers whoare particularly interested in culturaldiversity and the history of othercountries. Keep up communication byemail. Involve families and thecommunity by organizing accommodationin students’ homes so each can experiencethe others’ culture to the full. Above all,be very tolerant!”Grethe Moller, who teaches in SaltdalSchool with her husband Jon, adds:“We base everything on personalfriendship. That is how the partnershipgrew. Our projects are all linked to theobjectives of the school programmes. Thevery first joint project that we shared wasthe TST project. We always prepare ourjourneys very carefully.”Visiting students participate in classesand prepare a report on their return. InTrinidad and Tobago, Norwegian studentshave studied biology and comparativereligion by visiting a Hindu temple, twomosques, a monastery and other religiouscommunities.In Norway, students from Trinidad andTobago have studied geography, gone onexcursions into the mountains anddiscovered snow for the first time.With all the exchanges over the years, theMollers say that, today, “everyone inSaltdal School knows Trinidad andTobago!”Many other ASPnet twinning partner-ships are in place. Although they are toonumerous to mention, here is a selection:Spain and Nicaragua, El Salvador,Senegal and Nepal; Switzerland,Ecuador and the Congo; Sweden andUruguay; Cuba and Nigeria. Numerousinitiatives are also under way as part ofthe Euro-Arab Dialogue.Norway and Trinidad and Tobago: keys to a lasting twinning partnershipCelebrating ten years of twinning betweenTrinidad and Tobago and Norway
  11. 11. 11The international campaign All Equal in Diversity: Mobilizing Schools Against Racism,Discrimination and Exclusion was launched in 2005 among Associated Schools as partof this flagship project. Schools make a commitment for three years, during which theycarry out campaign activities such as analysing the media, researching on the Internet,or organizing conferences. A support kit containing a practical manual, a CD-ROM, aposter and stickers is available in English or French.4. Intercultural learningWhile societies have always been multicultural and multi-ethnic, today we are aware ofthe importance of promoting such diversity, which can be studied and experienced throughresearch undertaken by students on their own origins and through exchanges with studentsof other countries.ImplementationI Launched in 2003, the Mondialogo School Contest for secondary schools onintercultural dialogue is organized in partnership with DaimlerChrysler. Students twinnedin teams learn to understand and appreciate one another as they work on the concreterealization of joint projects. These exchanges make Mondialogo the world’s largestintercultural dialogue among young people.During its first edition, in 2003/2004, two ASPnet secondary schools twinned for thecontest, School N° 220 from Baku, Azerbaijan and the Lagos State Model College Kankomin Lagos, Nigeria, won the first prize with an educational game representing a journeymarked out with questions on the culture of each country, on the United Nations andon UNESCO. One of the jury members, the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, who is convincedthat playing is the best way of learning, was very enthusiastic in his praise of the idea…The second round of Mondialogo School Contest, 2005/2006 brought together 35.400students, who represent 138 countries.www.mondialogo.orgI The flagship Western Mediterranean Sea Project, launched in 1994 in countries tothe North and South of the Mediterranean, aims to promote the Euro-Arab dialogue,the natural and cultural heritage of the region and intercultural dialogue. Schools in ninecountries are working under this project on themes connected with ethnography, water,habitat and biodiversity.World Heritagein Young HandsAs part of the flagship project WorldHeritage in Young Hands, launchedin 1994 with the UNESCO WorldHeritage Centre, a kit for teachers onheritage education was prepared andtested in Associated Schools theworld over. This comprehensiveinteractive tool presents the WorldHeritage Convention and listed sitesand proposes a range of practicalactivities. It has been translated intosome 25 languages. InternationalYouth Fora on heritage, trainingseminars for teachers and youngpeople, and courses on a concreteapproach to conservation areorganized under this project.Multimedia materials (CD-ROM andDVD) are in preparation.Kit: €30. Order from DL Services,Avenue du Roi 202, 1190 Brussels,Belgium, Fax +32 2 538 0841Guide for National Coordinators | UNESCO Associated Schools
  12. 12. 12IV·National coordination: hoNational Coordinators and teachers play a vital role in managing UNESCOAssociated Schools. Without them, there would be no ASPnet! The NationalCoordinator acts as liaison between the schools in his/her country, the NationalCommission for UNESCO and the Associated Schools International Coordinationat UNESCO Headquarters.The Associated Schools strategy encourages National Coordinators to aim at quality ratherthan quantity. A small network of active schools with good results is better than a largenetwork with uneven results. The Coordinator’s task is therefore to contribute to theimprovement of the quality of education by consolidating Associated School projects,supporting teachers and identifying good practices and striving to disseminate them inthe national education system.Profile of a CoordinatorTo be effective, a Coordinator must:— share the ideals of UNESCO;— be familiar with the field of education and have innovative ideas on the subject;— know English and/or French (the working languages of UNESCO) and, if possible,other foreign languages;— be available at least part-time and preferably full-time;— possess leadership qualities and know how to encourage and motivate teachers andstudents;— possess organizational, management and communication skills.Description of the national coordination missionThe ASPnet Strategy and Plan of Action (2004-2009) have updated the content of theCoordinator’s mission. Below is a list of tasks for coordinators, to be carried out as far ascircumstances allow:• Network Management of Associated Schools at country levelThe Coordinator:— keeps and updates the list of Associated Schools in his/her country and the lists ofASPnet “focal points” (persons in charge) in each school— keeps an up-to-date national table of activities, classifying activities by school and byproject— helps schools to plan and evaluate activities— ensures that schools are sent the innovative pedagogical materials disseminated byUNESCO for testing, and collects resulting data at country level— ensures that selection of teachers and students attending regional and internationalASPnet meetings is democratic and transparent and complies with the criteria pro-vided on each occasion by UNESCO— investigates inactive schools and decides on their removal from the list after two yearsof inactivity.• ASPnet development and strategyThe Coordinator:— represents his/her country’s Associated Schools at national, regional and internationallevels— establishes contacts and creates partnerships with education authorities, highereducation institutions, cultural bodies, associations, NGOs and the private sectorUNESCO Associated Schools | Guide for National CoordinatorsImproving Qualityin German SchoolsGermany’s 114 ASPnet schoolsunderwent a major evaluation from2005 to 2007 in order to helpeducators improve the quality ofeducation and to better incorporateUNESCO educational goals intoteachers’ daily lessons. Developed bythe Institute for Teachers’ In-serviceTraining in Heilbronn, Germany, theevaluation process is based upon aseries of questionnaires, distributed toteachers, students and parents,addressing both actual and desiredcurricula and activities in ASPnetschools. The survey responses arediscussed at length in each school withthe aid of specially trained moderators.The Institute for Teachers’ In-serviceTraining strongly believes that theevaluation project and relateddiscussions will be the starting point ofschool improvement in Germany.Contact: koehler@asp.unesco.deThe UNESCO logo interpretedby a German ASPnet student
  13. 13. 13ow it worksWhen a Colombian ASPnet schooldecided to take a radical new approach toschool discipline based on life skills, theEducation Ministry, the media and theprivate sector in Colombia all took note ofthe results: better relationships and adramatic drop in disciplinary problems.The Institución Educativa ConcejoMunicipal de Itagüí, an active ASPnetschool in Antioquia, Colombia, hasdecided to adopt the concept of“Disciplina con amor” or positivediscipline.The first three year phase targeted pupilsaged 9 to 14 and their teachers, who wereprovided with guidelines*. Traditionalmodels of authority based on punishment,blame and exclusion were questioned andat regular class meetings teachers andstudents discussed ethical andbehavioural issues. Through this process,students learned essential life skills: howto listen, solve problems and takeresponsibility for their own actions. Theyevaluated their own behaviour and gradedit in their school bulletins. The school alsoheld training sessions for parents so thebenefits of the project were felt in thecommunity.Among the results noted were an 80percent decline in reports of indisciplineand the resolution of a serious conflictbetween the director and fifth-gradestudents.By 2007, the programme will havereached all 1400 students in the school,aged 9 to 17.As a result of its ground-breaking work,the Institución Educativa ConcejoMunicipal de Itagüí has been recognizedby the Colombian Ministry of Education,featured on national television andrepresented at regional level at theNational Forum of Entrepreneurs forEducation: Education Project Leaders forthe 21st Century, a private sector initiativeto improve quality education in Colombia.Contact:*The experiment was based on the workof the psychologists Alfred Adler andRudolf Dreikurs and the manual PositiveDiscipline in the Classroom by JaneNelsen and Lynn Lott.Changing the Climate of the School: a Colombian experienceSome suggestions fornational coordination:Some suggestions for nationalcoordination:I Hold annual meetings forrepresentatives of all the institutionsparticipating in ASPnet;I Organize teacher training seminars;I Organize encounters for young people,for example camps, summer schools, orfora during festivals, exhibitions,conferences, etc.;I Imagine ways of granting recognition toand rewarding outstanding achievementsby schools and/or teachers (certificates,prizes, medals, trips, etc.).— proposes and defines, in relation with the ASPnet International Coordination, a nationalStrategy and Plan of Action for Associated Schools— develops relations with UNESCO Clubs, Associations and Centres in the country— identifies Associated Schools’ good practices in quality education and disseminatesthem— arranges contacts for ASPnet with the local and national media and encourages thelatter to cover Associated School current events.• International cooperationThe Coordinator:— facilitates school exchanges, joint projects and twinning partnerships through contactswith other National Coordinators— maintains regular contact with the UNESCO field office in his/her region— stays informed of regional and international conferences, meetings and seminars ofinterest to ASPnet, informs schools of these and, in some cases participates, or arrangesfor the participation of ASPnet principals, teachers and/or students.• Communication within ASPnetThe Coordinator:— informs schools, principals, teachers and students of ASPnet priorities and developments— in addition to presenting National Reports, informs the ASPnet International Coordi-nation and the National Commission for UNESCO of activities and events involvingAssociated Schools, in their own country or abroad. This provides content for the ASPnetpublication, News Infos and its website for National Coordinators | UNESCO Associated Schools
  14. 14. 14Reports: an essential exercisePreparing an Annual Report on Associated School activities in his/her country is one ofthe tasks expected of a National Coordinator. The reports are useful to the ASPnetInternational Coordination at UNESCO Headquarters, both for routine managementpurposes and for planning and promoting ASPnet interests with its partners.To facilitate the task, the Coordinator’s Kit includes a National Report Form to be filledin by the Coordinator, a School Report Form to be sent to schools and an applicationform for ASPnet membership for possible transmission to new schools.• The Annual School ReportThe National Coordinator sends a School Report Form to Associated Schools, with areminder to return it at the end of the school year. Each Associated School then sendsto the National Coordinator – and never to UNESCO Headquarters directly – the following:— a completed annual School Report Form relating the school’s ASPnet activities: projects,pedagogical innovations, exchanges, twinnings, visits;— where applicable, materials produced: documents, publications, CD-ROMs, photos,etc.;— a list of its activities and, where applicable, publications and photos or drawings (nomore than five).If the National Coordinator considers it necessary, he/she can ask schools for additionalinformation. He/she keeps each school’s archives for at least three years.Failure to send in a report for two years running results in removal from ASPnet.• The National Coordinator’s Annual ReportOnce a year the National Coordinator sends a “package” to UNESCO containing:— an updated list of Associated Schools in his/her country, specifying the number ofactive and inactive schools and schools which have been removed from the network.This list is essential for updating the Associated Schools global database;— the National Report form, filled in on the basis of School Reports;— a national Associated Schools table, classifying schools according to type and activity;— where applicable, two or three examples of publications, materials or other kinds ofproduction illustrating good practices;— no more than five photos for each report, with detailed captions on the back.The Coordinator identifies outstanding schools. He/she also investigates schools that failto send in their report and informs them that they risk removal after two years’ silence.If necessary, UNESCO can ask the National Coordinator for additional information.Teachers from thePacific Region decodethe MediaWho owns the media? What messagesdo the media send? How can we useand benefit from the media? Thesequestions were addressed at a series ofconsultations on Media Education thattook place across the Pacific region in2001: in Auckland, New Zealand(March) Apia, Samoa (July) and PortMoresby, Papua New Guinea(September). The result of thesedeliberations has now appeared inprint, itself one of the media discussedin the book, along with radio, TV andmultimedia. Called Media Educationin the Pacific, this newguide by and forsecondary schoolteachers aims to helpboth teachers andstudents to use themedia in a positiveway. Of particularinterest are theworksheets andthe overviewthat helpteachers choose activitiesbest suited for their own classroomsituation. The student activity pagescan also be used for assessment. Thepublication credits some 75contributors by name and represents acollaborative effort between theUNESCO Office for the Pacific Statesand ASPnet (which is present in all theindependent Pacific countries).Content development was facilitatedby Learning Media Limited andfinancial support was provided byUNESCO’s International Programmefor the Development of Communi-cation (IPDC).Media Education in the Pacific.UNESCO Apia, Samoa, 2003ISBN 0 478 27572.2Contact: apia@unesco.orgUNESCO Associated Schools | Guide for National Coordinators | National coordination: how it works
  15. 15. 15National partnersof Associated SchoolsIn each country the National Commission for UNESCO appoints the NationalCoordinator and does its best to help in his/her work. The ASPnet NationalCoordinator should be able to count on governmental support, particularly fromthe Ministry of Education and support from the principal of each AssociatedSchool.All these partners can help Associated Schools to play their role to the full and improvethe quality of education.• National authorities, Ministries of Education and NationalCommissions for UNESCO can:— recognize Associated Schools as agents for change within the framework of nationalprogramme reforms of contents and methods of education, and incorporate theirinnovations and good practices for quality education in national school systems;— disseminate the results of projects in ministerial circulars, specialized educationalpublications, conferences and in the media;— create an Associated Schools National Consultative Committee, comprising the NationalCoordinator and representatives of the National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministryof Education and representatives of the country’s education sector;— contribute to the quality of information in Associated Schools (subscription tonewspapers, journals, periodicals) and of communication between schools (electricity,telephones, fax, computers, electronic messaging and Internet connection);— organize training for National Coordinators, school principals and teachers;— create special identity cards for teachers and students of Associated Schools grantingfree entry to museums, exhibitions and other places and events;— promote international exchanges by providing financial assistance for travel.• Principals of Associated Schools can:— identify their school as an Associated School by displaying the UNESCO certificateand using the Associated Schools logo (on documents, notice boards, sports outfits,pins etc.);— meet with teachers at the beginning of each school year to choose and plan aninterdisciplinary project which the school, in its special capacity as Associated School,will carry out;— organize an Open Day at the end of the year to show parents, the community, partners(institutions, associations and private sector) and the media the project results;— disseminate UNESCO and United Nations documentation in school by displayingposters, creating a special “UNESCO Corner” in the library, etc.Guide for National Coordinators | UNESCO Associated SchoolsSources and resourcesInformation on ASPnet•• ASPnet News Infos, the ASPnet newsletter• aspnet@unesco.orgASPnet Digital LibraryAll ASPnet publications since 1970 are onthe ASPnet Digital Library CD-ROM,available upon written request to:ASPnet Digital Library,Associated Schools Project, Education Sector,UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy,75352 Paris 07 SP, Franceemail: aspnet@unesco.orgInformation on UNESCOFor information on UNESCO programmesand publications and on the internationalDays and Years observed by UNESCO andthe United Nations system, please consultthe UNESCO website at www.unesco.orgNewsletters from UNESCO SectorsAssociated Schools without Internet accesscan request hard copies of these bulletinsfrom the following addresses:EducationEducation today,Education Sector,UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy,75352 Paris 07 SP, Franceemail: a.muller@unesco.orgCultureNewsletter, online only, Heritage Newsletter,World Heritage Centre, Culture Sector,UNESCO, 7 Place de de Fontenoy,75352 Paris 07 SP, Franceemail: wh-info@unesco.orgNatural SciencesA World of Science,Natural Sciences Sector,UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis,75732 Paris Cedex 15, Franceemail: s.schneegans@unesco.orgSocial and Human SciencesSHS Newsletter,Social and Human Sciences Sector,UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis,75732 Paris Cedex 15, Franceemail: c.bruno-capvert@unesco.orgCommunication and InformationWebWorld News Digest,Communication and Information Sector,UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis,75732 Paris Cedex 15, Franceemail: f.romer@unesco.orgNews Infos, the ASPnet newsletter, ispublished in English, French, Spanish andArabic and sent to all schools in thenetworkV·
  16. 16.“The UNESCOAssociated SchoolsProject Network (ASPnet)is one of UNESCO’sstrongest assetsfor promotingqualityeducation and puttinginto practice the conceptof learning to livetogether.”Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,ASPnet 50th Anniversary Congress,Auckland, New Zealand, 2003Published by the ASPnetInternational CoordinationUNESCOEducation Sector7, Place de Fontenoy75352 Paris 07 SPFranceTel. +33 1 45 68 10 80Fax + 33 1 45 68 56 39Email: aspnet@unesco.orgGraphic design: Rebus, Paris© UNESCO 2006The designations used and the presentationof information in this publication do notimply the expression of any opinionwhatsoever on the part of UNESCOconcerning the legal status of any country,territory, city or area or of its authorities, orconcerning the delimitation of its frontiersor boundaries.