Who we are?
The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) improves the quality of education for all in the pursuit of ‘building peace in the minds and hearts of children and young people’. Starting off with 33 schools in 15 countries in 1953, the ASPnet represents today the largest global network of schools worldwide involving some 10,000 institutions in 181 countries, ranging from pre-schools to teacher training institutions.
ASPnet is often referred to as a ‘pulse taker’, sensitive to what is happening in the world and as a ‘pace setter’, striving to introduce new issues and concerns in the classroom so that students are better prepared to deal with both present and future challenges.
ASPnet has risen to the challenge of translating the United Nations (UN) and UNESCO ideals and priorities into improved learning through the conduct of effective pilot and flagship projects and the production of innovative educational resource materials.
In accordance with UNESCO’s Draft Medium Term Strategy (2014-2021) and the Programme and Budget (2014-2017), ASPnet will mainly contribute to Strategic Objective 2 Empowering learners to be creative and responsible global citizens through the development of knowledge, values and skills in the area of peace, human rights and sustainable development as well as other key UNESCO and UN priorities. The Network will also help facilitate the implementation of the Global Action Programme on ESD.