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. The over 11,500 ASPnet member schools in 182 countries work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.
ASPnet uses three complementary approaches:
- Creating: As a laboratory of ideas, ASPnet develops, tests and disseminates innovative educational materials and promotes new teaching and learning approaches based on UNESCO's core values and priorities.
- Teaching & Learning: Capacity-building, innovative teaching and participative learning in specific ASPnet 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.
- Interacting: ASPnet gives its stakeholders opportunities to connect and exchange experiences, knowledge and good practices with schools, individuals, communities, policy-makers and society as a whole.
ASPnet operates at both international and national levels. A team at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris oversees the network's international coordination. At the country level, ASPnet National Coordinators are designated by UNESCO's National Commissions. Principals, teachers and students lead activities in member schools. Sri KDU Primary school is proud to announce that we were successfully endorsed as a member of ASPnet in December 2019. This achievement is truly a proud one and is another feather to our growing achievements. We have become the first private primary school in Malaysia to be endorsed as a member.
- more meaningful and hands-on learning opportunities for students;
- more diverse learning opportunities for teachers;
- have access to thematic guidance, expert knowledge and teaching and learning resources from UNESCO;
- opportunities for participation in global campaigns, celebrations and competitions on UNESCO priorities;
- connecting, collaborating or twinning with partner schools in over 180 countries around the world;
- mutual learning and peer advice from exchanges with fellow ASPnet principals, teachers and students around the world; and
- access to opportunities for teachers and students to participate in national, regional or international conferences.