International work at Kempele Upper Secondary School


Kempele Upper Secondary School was founded in 1976. We have around 470 students aged 15-19 and around 35 teachers. We are a UNESCO school. The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defences of peace in the minds of children and young people. As a UNESCO school we work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice. We encourage our students to take global responsibility, and our school aims to involve, create and educate.

As a UNESCO school we organize UNESCO related events and activities under a different UN topic each year, with the aim of raising global awareness. The chosen topics are approached from different angles, and many of our guest speakers are leading specialists in their fields. In addition to lectures and presentations, our annual UNESCO Day also features hands-on workshops for all the students.
Our upper secondary school is Erasmus+ accredited and we receive EU funding for international activities until 2027. Our upper secondary school has cooperation networks in Europe. Every year, we visit various partners and develop the international dimension with the help of the EU- funding.

We offer students the opportunity to participate in the Internationality course. Course members actively plan and implement UNESCO events throughout the academic year and aim to visit a European partner school once during their upper secondary school studies. Students develop their working life skills by fundraising for a study trip by selling various products and working on the contents of TAT Business courses. Most of the funding for the study trip comes through Erasmus+ accreditation.

Our school sponsors the Martti Luther School (Complexo escolar de magistério primário Dr. Martin Lutero) located in Shangalala, the rural area of Cunene province in southwestern Angola. The student association and the teaching staff participate together in the sponsorship by supporting the schooling of the high school students in Shangalala. The school is a boarding school for children and young people from remote areas and poor families but there are also students from the surrounding cities. We sponsor especially orphaned students as they would not necessarily have the opportunity for schooling without our support.
Kempele is a fast-growing municipality with over 19 000 inhabitants, located 10 kilometers south from the city of Oulu (Oulu is a city, municipality and a seaside resort of 208,939 inhabitants in the region of North Ostrobothnia). Kempele is located near the Oulu Airport and Finnish national road 4 goes through the municipality. We are easily reached from our capital city Helsinki with a one-hour flight to Oulu.
Please feel free to contact our school. We are happy to answer your questions. Maybe we can carry out a project or organize an event together with your school.
Please contact our UNESCO-team:
Head of the UNESCO-team:
Erasmus coordinator:




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