UNESCO established the Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) in 1953 to encourage schools worldwide to educate students on issues related to UNESCO's overarching goal of promoting peace and international understanding. The program now includes 9000 thousand educational institutions in over 180 countries.
ASPnet schools work in four key areas: intercultural learning, peace and human rights, education for sustainable development, and the United Nations priorities. ASPnet schools integrate these priorities throughout their curriculum, celebrate internationally-recognized days (like World Water Day), participate in international exchanges, and join UNESCO-affiliated education programs (like Gigapan). Schools ranging from preschools and elementary schools to university education departments are eligible for ASPnet membership.
If a school wants to get involved with UNESCO without integrating the priorities into their teaching, students and faculty can also start UNESCO clubs.
Interested schools should contact the ASPnet coordinator for the United States to receive the latest guidance on completing an application. Prior to completing an application, the coordinator will help the school identify possible projects and ways to integrate UNESCO into their curriculum. Completed applications will be reviewed by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO’s Education Committee before being forwarded to UNESCO Headquarters. Please be advised that the entire process, from first contact to final approval by UNESCO Headquarters, can take up to nine months to complete.
The U.S. ASPnet coordinator is Aaron Mitchell, who can be reached at email@example.com. For a printable brochure with information about how U.S. schools can apply to the UNESCO ASPnet program, click here. For a list of U.S. ASPnet schools, go here.
Alejandra Lorenzo-Chang, a Spanish language teacher from the ASPnet Waldorf School of Baltimore poses with participants
from a Teacher Professional Development Workshop in Accra, Ghana on August 13, 2011.