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 87 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

Themes of Study

Learning to live together

Learning to be

Learning to do

Learning to know

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.