Cours Sainte Marie in Dakar… a school promoting peace education

The Cours Sainte Marie de Hann in Dakar is an academic institution of excellence promoting peace education. The institution, a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network, received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1991.

This institution celebrates this year a quarter century of actions and programmes that integrate peace education, learning to living together, and international understanding into their curricula. This 25th anniversary of the UNESCO Prize for Peace will be celebrated as part of the Mariste Festival of Arts and Cultures that will take place from May 10 to June 10, 2016 at the Cours Sainte Marie de Hann. To this end, a space dedicated to UNESCO World Heritage in miniature will be inaugurated on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Since its inception in 1949-1950, the Cours Sainte Marie has designed, refined and consolidated over the years an educational project institutionalizing their international vocation and increased their accessibility to children from all backgrounds and socio-economic conditions.

Diversity and accepting differences are the cornerstone and the first criteria in choosing students at the Cours Sainte Marie de Hann, where they learn to live together in their difference from an early age. The school and academic calendar is also punctuated with activities promoting a culture of peace, such as the dialogue among religions ceremony, weeks of peace, sponsor day, actions promoting human rights and environmental conservation, immersion trips abroad and worldwide schools partnerships, making the school a place for art, culture, and civic engagement where students are the primary actors.

The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network

Founded in 1953, the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), commonly referred to as UNESCO Associated Schools, is a global network of 10,000 educational institutions in 181 countries. Senegal currently has 114 associated schools affiliated with this network.

Member institutions - ranging from pre-schools, primary, secondary and vocational schools to teacher training institutions - work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education.