“It is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed” is written in the UNESCO Constitution. The organisation’s mandate in education remains at the top of its priorities, as demonstrated by its role as leader within the United Nations system for achievement of goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This goal aims to ensure inclusive, fair and quality education and to promote lifelong learning for all.

The Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet)

The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network is the largest network of schools in the world. Since 1953 it has connected schools across the world around a common goal: to build peace in the minds of children and teenagers.

More than 10,000 schools in no less than 180 countries work together on quality education for better international cooperation and to strengthen tolerance and solidarity. The ASP network is led internationally from Paris.

The ASPnet coordination group supports the Flemish network of associated schools for the Flemish Commission for UNESCO. Some 30 schools in Flanders and Brussels are part of the network, mainly in secondary education, but also in primary education and teacher training.

Does your school want to help build peace in children’s and teenagers’ minds? Does your school see diversity as a strength? Does it want to be involved in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4: education for sustainable development and global citizenship)? Does your school want to take part in cooperating on a global scale with other schools, teachers and pupils? If so, then maybe your school could meet the criteria to become a UNESCO school! Get in contact with the Flemish ASPnet coordination group for more information! You can also see the partnership agreement signed by network member schools!

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Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs programme promotes international cooperation and university networking to strengthen institutions’ capabilities through knowledge sharing in the organisation’s main fields of expertise (education, natural and social sciences, culture and communication).

In many cases, the Networks and Chairs act as discussion groups and build bridges between the university, civil society, local communities, scientific research and political leaders. University research centres with the UNESCO Chair label have widespread recognition at international level and are involved in very specific themes of interest to UNESCO.

Today, the programme includes more than 700 institutions in 116 countries. Seven UNESCO Chairs have been founded in Belgium.

UNESCO Chair in Building Sustainable Peace

  • Host institution: Catholic University of Leuven
  • Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Arnim Langer

UNESCO Chair on Eremology (study of deserts and desertification processes)

  • Host institution: Ghent University
  • Chairholder: Em. Prof. Dr. Ir. Donald Gabriels

UNESCO Chair in Preventive Conservation, Monitoring and Maintenance of Monuments and Sites

  • Host institution: Catholic University of Leuven
  • Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Ir. Koenraad Van Balen

UNESCO Chair in Right to Education

  • Host institution: Universiteit Antwerpen
  • Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Jan de Groof

UNESCO Chair on Critical Heritage Studies and Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • Host institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Marc Jacobs

UNESCO Chair in Adult Education

  • Host institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Maurice de Greef

UNESCO Chair in Linguistics and Didactics of languages in educational systems

  • Host institution: University of Mons-Hainaut
  • Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Raymond Renard