Russian schools celebrate peace on the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network 60th anniversary

The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), commonly referred to as UNESCO Associated Schools, is a global network of more than 9700 educational institutions in 180 countries. This year it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Russian ASPnet schools join the worldwide festival as students and teachers all over Russia celebrate the Network’s collective accomplishments and UNESCO ideals like multicultural learning, world peace and human rights.

Moreover, September, 21st is known as the International Day of Peace so special celebrations and activities took place all across Russia on that day.

In September one of the ASPnet schools, which is located in a small town called Pushkino, put on a concert to celebrate the anniversary. The students competed in choir singing and poetry reading. The winners shared a big cake with an ASPnet logo on it which had been prepared by the students’ parents.

School no 12 of Bratsk held a presentation called “UNESCO Associated Schools. The Road to the School of Tomorrow”. 26 representatives from 18 schools of Bratsk participated and learned about ASPnet schools and the ways to join the Network.

In the city of Krasnodar the celebration was held in the Inter-School Aesthetic Centre where the children performed for ASPnet students as well as teachers and the city authorities.

The students of school no. 64 from the Ufa Region went on a trip to visit the UNESCO heritage sites which helped them to better understand the importance of intercultural education.

The project entitled “My sails are for the ship of tolerance” took place in Moscow’s school no 2012 in September. The main purpose of the project was to spread the ideas or world peace, tolerance and mutual respect for all people and nations. It was a success as over 70 students from 3 countries attended the event.

The students of school 1572 of Moscow organized their own Olympic games. Each class represented a certain country and prepared for the event for a month by learning about the culture, political structure and geographical position of the chosen country. The young athletes even learned the national anthems of the countries and made flags and uniforms with their own hands.

Saratov’s Lyceum of Natural Science made a big Bonfire of Peace which started a new tradition. Every year on September, 21st, the students will be singing of peace and love in the warm glow of the Bonfire.

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