UNESCO ASP in Latvia /
The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network established in 1953 to encourage schools worldwide on issues related to UNESCO programmes in all its areas of competence. The program now includes more than 9000 educational institutions in over 180 countries. ASPnet has risen to the challenge of translating the United Nations (UN) and UNESCO ideals and priorities into improved learning through the conduct of effective pilot and flagship projects and the production of innovative educational resource materials.
ASPnet aims to promote quality education in pursuit of peace and sustainable development. Objectives of ASPnet are: To integrate GCE and ESD into the teaching and learning processes of ASPnet schools; To experiment innovative approaches on GCE and ESD through ASPnet schools; To strengthen the sharing of information, experiences and good practices among ASPnet schools.
ASPnet in Latvia
Latvia has been a member of the project since early 1990’s, and the network currently includes 32 educational institutions – representing different levels of education – all around Latvia. We expect that each school organizes different activities in one of four main thematic directions of the project in Latvia:
- Culture education and values based education: development of creative and open learning and teaching space, promotion of inter-generational and inter-cultural dialogue, involvement of community in the process of education;
- Environmental education and Education for Sustainable Development: holistic education and whole-school approach;
- Human rights education: building tolerant and inclusive schools- through education and learning space.
- UN System and UNESCO’s role in it: focus on international cooperation, strengthening the local, national and global citizenship.
The list of schools is available here: UNESCO ASPnet in Latvia
Modes of Action
On a National level, common activities - meetings, seminars, and competitions- have been organized, as well as National Meetings at least 2 times per year. One meeting (at the end of the year) is devoted to the planning of the further activities. During the meetings UNESCO ASPnet school Teams have the possibility to learn about their chosen topics as well as about UNESCOs vision by meeting with well-known experts from Latvia. Last meetings had following themes:
10.11.2016: Cultural Diversity for Peace and Sustainable Development;
26.04.2016: Inclusive Education and Learning Space, The importance of Media Literacy;
10.12.2015: Peace and Human Rights Education “Peace starts with me”;
11.09.2015: Learning and teaching for Sustainable Future: Environmental Education for the development of society and personality;
15.04.2015: Global citizenship education and human rights in schools;
12.12.2014: The Future We Want: Global Action Programme on ESD
23.10.2014. ESD: From Knowledge to Action: Networking, Technologies and modern teaching and learning methods
Activities for Youngsters
Together with the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO and Open Society institute form Ukraine - Model United Nations “Strong Youth- Peaceful Tomorrow” (December 2015, January-April 2016, February 17, 2017)
Night of the Scientists (at the end of the September) - Science communication activities in cooperation with Riga Technical University and others.
Latvian ASPnet actively participates in the Worlds's Largest Lesson campaign. More information can be found here.