PROMOTING THE QUALITY AND PERTINENCE OF EDUCATION — THE ASSOCIATED SCHOOLS PROJECT
A CULTURE OF PEACE
The Integrated Framework for Action on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (12) underlines the importance of the contribution of the associated schools in building up a culture of peace. The ASP Strategy and Plan of Action for 1994-2000, adopted on the occasion of the ASP’s 40th anniversary, (13) foresees a significant expansion in the number of schools participating in ASP and intends to strengthen the network’s operation with a view to setting the young people of today, and the decision-makers of tomorrow (14) on the educational path that will lead them to defend the long-term interests of our planet, and to construct a culture of peace. (15)
While world attention is caught by random violent acts perpetrated in a school, such as the tragic murder of sixteen schoolchildren and their teacher as they participated in a gym class in Dunblane, Scotland, a soon-to-be-released report from Education International indicates that there are many forms of violence that permeate schools. This violence can and must be addressed by the education systems and by the communities they serve if we are to permit the majority of students the right to an education free from fear of violence.
The majority of students in schools are not subjected to acts of physical violence but in many cases verbal violence or threats of violence, intimidation and classroom disruption by a small percentage of students make life difficult and learning even more so.
Education International, September 1996
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Among those measures which thus seem to all to be essential are those which aim to start international education at the pre-school level, to permeate nonformal and adult education activities therewith, to strengthen the system of associated schools and to use the resources of the UNESCO Clubs to the full.
Opening speech, Intergovernmental Conference on Education and International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace..., UNESCO, 12-20 April 1983
Speech, International Symposium on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of ASP, Soest, Germany, 12 September 1993
Address to the American Council on Education, February, 1997
The Clubs’ activities promote the Organization’s ideals and reflect its major concerns. A wide variety of domains are rep-resented - replanting forests, rural and community development, protection of the environment and of the world cultural heritage, literacy, books and reading, education for human rights, and promoting the status of women, etc.
A World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations was founded in 1981, to which they all now belong.
Distribution by region (5.500 Clubs, 115 Countries)
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(12) Proposed by the International Conference on Education in 1994 and approved by the General Conference of UNESCO, 1995.
(13) In 1993 at Soest, Germany, on the occasion of an International Symposium.
(14) Launching an Associated Universities Project is envisaged.
(15) Festivals to promote a culture of peace have been held or are foreseen in several countries, notably within the framework of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2005).
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