Peace and human rights


The Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO declares that ‘since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed’.

Since its beginning, UNESCO Associated Schools have been carrying out activities for the promotion of peace and human rights, tolerance and democratic citizenship, especially through education.

Human rights education promotes a rights-based approach to education. which includes both “human rights through education” and “human rights in education”.

This implies:
- learning about human rights and
- the practice of human rights
by using a combination of cognitive, creative and innovative learning approaches

In line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), UNESCO Associated Schools conduct projects aimed at integrating human rights education in the learning process. Human Rights' Day (10 December) is commemorated by many ASPnet schools.


Activities relating to peace and human rights aim at:

  • Eliminating all manifestations of racism, xenophobia, exclusion, discrimination and intolerance
  • Strengthening education for democracy, civic responsibility, critical thinking, tolerance and non-violent conflict resolution
  • Raising awareness of human rights in theory and practice, sensitizing students to their own rights and responsibilities, including the rights of others

ASPnet Projects

Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project
An ASPnet Flagship Project on slave trade memory and combating racism and discrimination

UNESCO Database

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