18.02.2010 -

UNESCO Associated Schools mobilize for the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

Mondialogo School Contest students during the International Symposium in Beijing, China, 2008


Intercultural dialogue at school level will be the focus of the Third Collection of UNESCO Associated Schools’ Good Practices for Quality Education to be published later this year.

The theme has been chosen to reflect UNESCO’s lead role in celebrating 2010 as The International Year of Rapprochement of Cultures.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, called on all UNESCO’s partners, among them UNESCO Associated Schools, to mobilize for the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, with the purpose of  

  • campaigning for dialogue and mutual knowledge
  • fostering respect for each other’s culture
  • breaking down the barriers between different cultures through exchange and dialogue as the best tools for building peace.  

A number of countries, among them Chile, Costa Rica and Oman have already announced activities to be carried out in cooperation with the UNESCO Associated Schools Network. 

Related links:  

International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures   

Leaflet of the International Year   

Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO   

Message of Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN   

List of activities to be carried out throughout the year   

UNESCO Associated Schools network   

ASPnet Good Practices 2008 and 2009



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