About the network

The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASP net) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defenses of peace in the minds of children and young people. The over 11,500 ASP net member schools in 182 countries work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development, and quality education in practice.

ASP net - a driver for innovation and quality in education - is recognized as an effective tool for reaching target 4.7 on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) of Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Education 2030.


ASP net uses three complementary approaches:

1.    Creating: As a laboratory of ideas, ASP net develops, tests, and disseminates innovative educational materials and promotes new teaching and learning approaches based on UNESCO's core values and priorities.

2.    Teaching & Learning: Capacity-building, innovative teaching, and participative learning in specific ASP net thematic areas allow school principals, teachers, students, and the wider school community to integrate UNESCO's values and become role models in their community and beyond.

3.    Interacting: ASP net gives its stakeholders opportunities to connect and exchange experiences, knowledge and good practices with schools, individuals, communities, policymakers, and society

ASP net operates at both international and national levels. A team at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris oversees the network's international coordination. At the country level, ASP net National Coordinators are designated by UNESCO's National Commissions. Principals, teachers, and students lead activities in member schools.