Founded in 1953, the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) is a worldwide network bringing together more than 9900 educational institutions across 180 countries. It comprises pre-schools, primary, secondary, technical and vocational schools as well as teacher training institutions.
In this year, it was decided to set up a Scheme of coordinated Experimental Activities in Schools of Member States in order to “encourage the development of education in the aims and activities of the United Nations and the Specialized Agencies and in the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
ASPnet is a key promoter of UNESCO values and the integration of international perspectives into schools.
Ghana joined ASPnet in 1961 when the Network was known as the Associated Schools Project (ASPRO). The ASPnet family in Ghana has over 100 schools as members. It is found at the basic school level unlike other countries where they can be found at the second and third cycle institutions. The schools are under the umbrella of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO.
Activities of ASPnet in Ghana are guided by programmes and activities issued from UNESCO Headquarters and a National Planning Committee which plans the programmes and activities for the year, in line with the ideals of UNESCO ASPnet. ASPnet in Ghana continues to focus its activities on Peace, Inter-cultural Learning, Human Rights and the Environment.
ASPnet schools have over the past ten years taken part in flagship projects and programmes which include participating in the celebration of UN/UNESCO International Days or Years, Essay and Art Competitions, International Choral Competitions, Conservation of World Heritage sites, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade projects, Sustainable Development and Inter-cultural Dialogue.
ASPnet has also researched into issues affecting the society and schools have taken part in international workshops, seminars and conferences. ASPnet Schools have twinned with local and foreign schools and engaged in exchange of teaching and learning experiences, debates, excursions, writing news items and expressing their views on topical issues through drawings and writing.
The ASPnet fraternity in Ghana has over the years enjoyed huge benefits from her association with this network:
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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Contact national coordinators:
Mr. Apollonius Osei-Akoto Asare —- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Kofi Takyi Kwakye —- Email: email@example.com