Get Your School On Board

By taking part in the UNESCO Associated Schools Network and conducting pilot projects, schools and students can contribute significantly to improving the quality of education for themselves and others. Participating students not only learn about important global themes — such as peace, human rights, cultural diversity and sustainable development — but often their actions resonate in their immediate communities too.

UNESCO schools are agents for positive change. They:

  • Help to implement UNESCO’s strategies and programs in education, science, culture and communication
  • Serve as laboratories of ideas on innovative approaches for quality education for all
  • Translate the four pillars of 21st century education—learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together—into practice

There are two membership levels for Canadian schools: Candidate Schools and Member Schools. 

  • Candidate Schools are interested in joining the network and are working towards the deep cultural shift that signifies a UNESCO Associated School. 
  • Member Schools have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the ideals, values, work and principles of UNESCO. 

Specific standards for each level can be found in Expectations for Membership in the Canadian Network.

If your school is interested in joining our network, please contact the UNESCO Schools Provincial Coordinator in your province. If your province does not have a Provincial Coordinator, please contact the UNESCO Schools Network National Coordinator.