Putting Education Research into Action

UNESCO launched the Associated Schools Network in 1953 to promote its goal of peace and understanding in educational institutions worldwide. Today, the network has students and teachers in 10,000 schools in more than 181 countries.

UNESCO schools are laboratories of ideas that focus on inclusive, innovative, quality education. They develop sound practices that promote UNESCO values inside and outside school, and work to share them with others.The Network empowers learners to take on active roles locally and globally to resolve global challenges and contribute proactively to a more just, peaceful, inclusive, secure and sustainable world. 

In Canada

In Canada, the Associated Schools Network has 70 schools in seven provinces. Canadian schools that join the UNESCO Associated Schools Network make a commitment to support UNESCO's ideals through four pillars of learning and four themes of study.

Pillars of Learning

  • Learning to live together
  • Learning to be
  • Learning to do
  • Learning to know

Themes of Study

  • Intercultural learning
  • Peace and human rights
  • Education for sustainable development
  • ASPnet and UN priorities

The Canadian schools network is currently developing a national strategic plan based on the International UNESCO Schools Strategy 2014-2021: Global Network of Schools addressing Global Challenges: Building Global Citizenship and promoting Sustainable Development. This plan aims to increase the Network’s role as a promoter of good practices and support it in contributing to inclusive, innovative, quality education.