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Associated Schools Project Network celebrates its 50th birthday

Auckland, July 28 - More than 180 delegates from over 80 countries will attend the “Navigators for Peace” International Congress to be held in Auckland from August 3 to 8, marking the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet).

The network, which is one of UNESCO’s longest-running education programmes, now links more than 7,500 schools and other education institutions in 170 countries, including almost 50 in the Congress host country, New Zealand.

Launched to promote UNESCO’s ideals of human rights, peace and democracy, the network has become a laboratory for educational innovation, developing programmes with and for teachers and pupils. It now also tackles such contemporary issues as environmental protection and intercultural learning.

The week-long Congress will review ASPnets’ major achievements over the past 50 years, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, look at ways of reinforcing its contribution to the promotion of quality education for all, and decide on future directions. Presentations will also be made of the network’s groundbreaking projects, including the Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project, the Baltic Sea Project, the World Heritage Education Project and Preventive Education on HIV-AIDS.

Jonathon Hunt, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of New Zealand, is due to open the Congress with UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, John Daniel, at the Waipuna Conference Centre in Auckland on Sunday, August 3 (6pm).

Source Media Advisory No. 2003-65
Editorial Contact: Sue Williams, Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section
- Email s.williams@unesco.org
Publication Date 29 Jul 2003
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