ㅣIntroduction of ASPnet in Korea
ust like other UNESCO schools around the world, UNESCO schools in Korea carry out activities that meet their local and academic needs based on the following four themes
1. UN Priorities
2. Education for Sustainable Development
3. Peace and Human Rights
4. Intercultural Learning.
For more than half a century, in cooperation with UNESCO schools in Korea, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) has been striving to promote international cooperation and a culture of peace through education on peace, human rights, multiculturalism, and the environment.
As well as accepting new members and receiving annual reports, KNCU plans and runs programs specifically designed for UNESCO schools.
National Assembly of UNESCO Schools
At the national assembly of UNESCO schools held at the end of March each year, principals and faculty members from UNESCO schools across Korea gather to share information and experiences and explore new ways of collaboration. The assembly also features presentations on best practices, lectures, the KNCU’s annual plan, and meeting by school with the aim of enhancing sharing and cooperation among network members.
UNESCO Rainbow Youth Global Citizen Project
With the UNESCO Rainbow Youth Global Citizen Project, students are encouraged to plan and implement ways of resolving issues related to seven themes, including peace, human rights, multiculturalism, the environment, globalization, local cultures, and economic justice.
UNESCO Kids Program
At the Summer World Citizen Camp (August), 100 fifth and sixth graders learn about international issues and join various programs with the focus on peace, environment and culture, in order to develop their competence as world citizens. Students selected through self-driven learning (September to December) are then given an opportunity to visit UNESCO, the OECD and other international organizations in Paris, France.
UNESCO Korea-Japan Teachers’ Dialogue
The UNESCO Korea-Japan Teachers’ Dialogue is held every year so that teachers from Korea and Japan can visit each other’s schools, understand their respective educational issues, share information and promote local cooperation. This program was launched in March 2000 when Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology at the time, Hirofumi Nakasone, visited Korea’s Minister of Education at the time, Moon Yong-rin, and proposed an exchange of teachers to foster friendships among them.
Under this program, teachers from each country visit institutions connected to their respective educational fields in an effort to understand their education and culture and contribute to educational cooperation.