NEST (Network for Schools and Teachers) is an online community developed by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) aiming to invigorate interactions among educators in the Asia-Pacific region. Seeking to disseminate Education for International Understanding (EIU), APCEIU is encouraging schools and teachers to embed an international perspective into the curriculum through cooperation among educators.

NEST unites professionals in the ambition of creating global teaching strategies for Education for International Understanding (EIU), and strengthens the exchange of knowledge and experience gained from participating in programmes of APCEIU.

With a variety of online tools, NEST enables schools and teachers to seek and share advice on implanting EIU in the existing curriculum, access useful resources and news updates on EIU, and form partnerships to work together on international projects.

Main Features

NETWORKING with schools and classrooms
NEST allows educators to search the schools and classrooms of identical interest globally and contact the coordinating teacher of a potential partner school.
Supporting participants and alumni of APCEIU PROGRAMMES
NEST provides private communities for participants and alumni of each APCEIU’s programme, offering platforms for discussions and distribution of information during and after the participation in the programmes.
Providing RESOURCES and NEWS on EIU
NEST offers lesson plans and reading materials on EIU to facilitate the implementation of EIU in the classroom settings. Advice from APCEIU professionals on how to find and effectively work with partner schools, on EIU will empower the global educational capacity of educators.
What is EIU?
Education for International Understanding (EIU) is a holistic and multidimensional education initiative to promote a Culture of Peace. EIU is anchored in the concept of genuine peace which aims to transcend the notion of peace as merely the absence of war. It advocates participatory democracy, human rights and dignity, social and economic equity, ecological sustainability, and peaceful reconciliation of conflicts. Thus EIU is interchangeably referred to as global education, international education, peace education or global citizenship education depending on the context.

EIU is grounded on key international instruments which include: the UNESCO Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, on Cooperation, Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1974), the UNESCO Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (1995), the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace (2000), the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), and the Global Education First Initiative (2012) recently launched by the United Nations Secretary-General.
APCEIU is a UNESCO Category 2 Centre mandated to promote EIU towards a Culture of Peace in the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 2000 by the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Korea and UNESCO, APCEIU seeks to strengthen capacities to implement EIU in 47 UNESCO Member States in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond through various programmes, ranging from training workshops and teacher exchange programmes to development of educational resources and policy research. Its inception is a significant step forward to promote a Culture of Peace through Education and to renew the commitment and cooperation of UNESCO Member States and all stakeholders involved in the Asia-Pacific region.

APCEIU is working in close collaboration with UNESCO Offices, National Commissions of Member States, related educational institutes, and civil society to promote Education for International Understanding (EIU) towards a Culture of Peace in the Asia-Pacific region.


APTE(Asia-Pacific Teacher Exchange for Global Education) is a bilateral teacher exchange programme between the Republic of Korea and six partner countries in Asia to promote mutual understanding and exchange of teaching experiences.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and implemented by APCEIU, in corporation with the Education Ministries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, the programme dispatches and invites teachers to and from partner countries and provides participating teachers with opportunities to teach at host schools of the partner country for 3-4 months. The programme is also expected to contribute to enhancing the quality of teachers through international cooperation and to promote GCED(Global Citizenship Education) as advocated in Education 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).