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Learning to Live Together through Understanding, Participation, and Cooperation

Sixty years after the establishment of the UN and UNESCO, humankind still faces intolerance and conflict among peoples and the incessant breakout of both large and small scale wars. In this context, the UN proclaimed 2010 as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, and UNESCO has pursued a variety of projects to promote international and intercultural understanding.

  One such project is the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), which Korea joined in 1961 and currently includes more than 120 ASP schools. The Network provides teachers and students in Korea with UNESCO's philosophy and ideas on Education for International Understanding (EIU) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) while developing bilateral and multilateral exchange programmes with other Asian countries. This year, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) will launch a new regional partnership project on climate change in Asia in order to ensure that sustainable development
habits become daily habits through education and learning in collaboration with the UNESCO Associated Schools Network in the region.
In order to effectively implement ESD and enhance the understanding of secondary school students on the global issues, Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) has organized the Model UNESCO Conference since 2010 ,

In line with this continuous effort, since 2001,KNCU, Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO and United Nations University(UNU) have been co-organizing the annual Invitation Programme for Teachers between Korea and Japan to develop teachers’ capacity building by extending their views of educational issues in Korea and Japan and to promote mutual understanding between both countries with sponsorships from both governments. Revitalizing the teachers' exchange programme to strengthen ESD through deepening dialogues among teachers is one of the most important tasks in developing the programme further. Therefore, KNCU conducts this Programme under the title 'Korea-Japan Teachers' Dialogue on Education for Sustainable Development.'

The 1990s brought increasing diversity to the Korean population especially through immigration and international marriage. To address the challenges to society created by this transformation, KNCU began conducting the Cross-Cultural Awareness Programme (CCAP) in 1998 to improve Korean youth's understanding of different cultures. KNCU has also contributed to the UNESCO Children's Performing Arts Festival of East Asia, which aims to promote a culture of peace and intercultural understanding through arts in the region.

The Korean National Commission will continue its efforts to educate global citizens to have a better understanding of the world around them and to be prepared to live together with people from different cultures. To reach this goal, a variety of partnerships with schools, institutes, organizations, and individuals will be nurtured at the national, regional, and international levels.


 

UN declared 2005-2014 as the "UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development", for which UNESCO is the lead agency, to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. In fact, KNCU has been carrying out diverse activities and projects to introduce as well as strengthen the implementation of ESD in ASPnet schools in Korea.

In accordance with this effort, KNCU will implement the "Rainbow Global Citizenship Project for Youth" to promote student action in their local communities in belief that young people are the key to making positive social and political change, and their contributions can inspire and develop new methods to solve the problems threatening our collective future. The Rainbow project aims to enable students to better understand the connectedness of various challenges such as peace, human rights, intercultural understanding, environment, international organization (activities), local and indigenous knowledge and economic justice, as the "Rainbow" shows a continuous spectrum of discrete colors. After all, it encourages students and ASPnet schools to learn about global problems and act locally with local community starting with what they can do.

Twenty to thirty projects in different regions are expected to be selected and awarded to implement and further develop their local activities. The Youth Global Citizenship Forum will be held in October at the UNESCO Peace Center in Korea for 3 days to share and discuss their good practices and explore the feasibility of applying individual cases to the context of different regions. Also, during the forum, participants will adopt and proclaim the Declaration of Global Youth Action for Sustainable Development.


*  For more information, please contact at aspnet@unesco.or.kr
    Official Website : http://asp.unesco.or.kr


 

As the lead agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), UNESCO has been intensifying efforts and initiatives to put climate change education higher on the global agenda. In line with this effort, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) has also been carrying out diverse activities and projects in order to ensure that sustainable development habits become daily habits through education and learning.

Building on past efforts and experience, KNCU will launch the Asian RICE Project (RICE: Regional Initiative for Climate change Education) for local field-based education on climate change. The Asian RICE Project aims to develop small-scale community-based projects on climate change education in the least developed countries and developing countries of Asia. It will support partnership projects of schools and local communities that are able to benefit from small grants, technical assistance and knowledge transfer from the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) and the Chiangmai YMCA, Thailand.

The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) will be used as a powerful vehicle to embark on the project given its unique and sprawling school network in 25 countries covering most parts of Asian region. The ultimate objective is to develop and support a variety of climate change education projects in different local contexts and promote partnership between ASPnet schools and local communities in Asia, thereby having a multiplier effect through wide and systematic diffusion of the results for the benefit of other schools, teachers, students and communities



 

In order to effectively implement Education for Sustainable Development and enhance the understanding of secondary school students on the global issues, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO has organized the Model UNESCO Conference.


  • Duration: three days per each session.
  • Venue: UNESCO Peace Center (Icheon, Gyeonggi Province)

  • Organized by: Korean National Commission for UNESCO

  • Participants: 80 middle and high school students across the country

  • Program: : Keynote lectures, Commission meetings, delegation meetings, and Korean cultural experience field trip

  • *  For more information, please visit the website at http://muc.unesco.or.kr


     

    In close cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU), KNCU will jointly organize an invitation programme for teachers between Korea and Japan in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.

    The programme's primary aim is to introduce both educational systems and activities to teachers, school managers, and educational administrators of elementary and secondary schools, including good practices of Education for International Understanding (EIU) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The programme includes a forum where participants from both countries can share information and teaching experiences, as well as contribute to building a strong network among teachers in Korea and Japan by promoting mutual understanding and friendship. Along with the bilateral invitation programme, KNCU will hold the 2nd Korea-Japan Teachers' Forum on ESD in Seoul to facilitate sharing experiences and ideas by discussing ESD and common educational issues for both countries. ACCU will also hold the Japan-Korea Teachers' Forum in Osaka, Japan, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Programme.

    1. Invitation Programme for Korean Teachers (2011)

  • Duration: January 11 - 24, 2011

  • Venue: Tokyo, Osaka, and five municipalities, Japan

  • Participants: 150 Korean teachers, principals, supervisors, and KNCU & MEST staff members

  • Main Activities

  •    - Learning about up-to-date educational policies and issues in Japan, including EIU and ESD
       - Visiting schools and other educational institutes
       - Discussions and meetings with Japanese teachers and students
       - Visiting cultural heritage sites and Japanese homes

    2. Invitation Programme for Japanese Teachers (2011)
        "Exploring ESD together with Schools & Communities"

  • Duration: August 26 - September 4, 2011

  • Venue: Seoul and two municipalities, Korea

  • Participants: 50 Japanese teachers, principals, and supervisors, and ACCU & MEXT staff members

  • Main Activities

  •    - Learning about contemporary educational policies and issues in Korea, including EIU and ESD
         by visiting schools and other educational institutions
       - Exploring ESD in schools and creating community sustainability
       - Observing classroom activities and communication with Korean teachers and students
       - Identifying Korean cultural features through cultural heritage sites and Korean teachers' home visits
       - Participating in the 3rd Korea-Japan Teachers' Forum on ESD

    3. 3rd Korea-Japan Teachers' Forum on ESD

  • Duration: August 2011 (one day only, to be announced)

  • Venue: Seoul, Korea

  • Participants: 100 Korean & Japanese teachers

  • Main Activities

  •    - Presenting the status of ESD activities in schools
       - Sharing ideas for teaching manuals on ESD
       - Reporting on common educational issues for both countries, based on teaching experiences

    4. Participants Orientation for Invitation Programme for Korean Teachers (2012)

  • Duration: December 9 - 10, 2011

  • Venue: Korea UNESCO Peace Center (Icheon, Korea)

  • Participants: 150 Korean participants, including teachers, principals, and supervisors

  • Main Activities

  •    - Introducing the main activities and objectives of the programme
       - Providing lectures on the Japanese educational system and culture
       - Preparing for group activities and sharing ideas

    *  For more information, please contact at unescoteacher@unesco.or.kr
        Official Website (cafe): http://cafe.naver.com/unescokorjap


     

    Since its launch in 1998, the Cross-Cultural Awareness programme has contributed to the enhancement of intercultural understanding and promoted education for a globalized world by providing opportunities for cross-cultural sharing and constructive partnership-building between Korean students and foreigners residing in Korea. This year, regular CCAP classes prepared and offered by foreign volunteers in concert with interpretation volunteers will be conducted in 200 schools nationwide. CCAP will also send specially- composed "caravan teams" to four specially selected rural schools who have little contact with foreign cultures due to their remote geographical location.

    The programme also includes forums where volunteers and school teachers can evaluate CCAP activities, receive information on key themes in multicultural education, and mingle freely with each other. This year, KNCU plans to focus its energies on strengthening ties and developing the abilities of the thirteen local coordinators. Additionally, KNCU plans to diversify CCAP curriculum based on the composition of the schools to better address the needs of different students, including those from multicultural backgrounds or with special needs.


     

    In keeping with the theme of International Decade for a Culture of Non-Violence for the Children of the World 2001-2010, the UNESCO Children's Performing Arts Festival of East Asia has been held annually since 2001. By fostering the exchange and appreciation of diverse cultural traditions, the festival contributes to ongoing efforts of countries in East Asia to promote mutual understanding and peaceful interaction among young people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. This year, approximately 300 children from Korea, China (including Hong Kong), Japan, Mongolia, and Macao SAR will meet in Macao in July to foster mutual friendship and understanding through performing arts.