As societies become increasingly multicultural and multiethnic, so does the importance of promoting such diversity. In a sincere effort to establish a true and meaningful intercultural dialogue, many ASPnet teachers and students are rising to the challenge of entering into contact with each other, transcending borders, continents, cultures and languages. They encourage research on the students’ own origins and promote exchange with students of other countries. Often, ASPnet activities also focus on local situations, advocating “unity in diversity”.
Exchanges, twinning partnerships and common intercultural projects between schools and countries are at the core of the UNESCO Associated Schools network. They are tools to:
- Deepen the knowledge, understanding of and respect for other cultures;
- Enable young people to learn more about their own culture, to deepen their cultural roots and to reaffirm their identity;
- Raise awareness of the need for international cooperation to tackle today’s global problems.
- World Heritage Education
ASP schools were among the first to raise the awareness of world heritage in the minds of children and youth and their role in preserving it
- Mondialogo School Contest
The world’s largest intercontinental school contest on intercultural dialogue
- GigaPan Dialogue
An ASPnet Flagship Project on intercultural dialogue and inclusion via innovative Information and Communication Technology
- Western Mediterranean Sea Project
An ASPnet Flagship Project encouraging the promotion of intercultural dialogue