The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) currently has around 11,000 members in over 180 countries. Membership is open to public or private educational institutions which provide pre-primary, primary, secondary, technical or vocational education, or teacher training, in formal or non-formal settings.
Membership is based on a firm commitment by the school leadership and community to promote the ideals and values of UNESCO by reinforcing the humanistic, ethical, cultural and international dimensions of education.
Member schools are a key promoter of UNESCO values and the integration of international perspectives into schools. They volunteer to contribute to the development of innovative educational content, to pioneer new teaching methods and learning approaches, to interact and collaborate with other ASPnet members and to build partnerships with different stakeholders to improve their practices and become agents of change in their communities. All members undertake multidisciplinary projects related to peace and human rights, sustainable development, global citizenship and intercultural learning.
If you represent an institution which is interested in becoming a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), the first thing you should do is to become familiar with UNESCO's mission and work and with the. The ASPnet National Coordinator or the National Commission for UNESCO in your country can provide you with additional and country-specific information. Furthermore, you need to consult with your school community (principal, teaching and administrative staff, school board, student representatives, families) and seek their agreement and support.
The formal provision for a school entering the network is established through two phases, namely (i) a national pre-selection and, upon recommendation of the National Coordinator, (ii) a review for formal admission and international certification by UNESCO.