UNESCO Associated Schools Network
The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPNet Schools) is a global network of educational institutions with the goal of building peace in the minds of young women and men and to promote international understanding, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice. Across the world, there are approximately 11,500 school in over 182 countries.
As flagship schools for innovation and quality in education, ASPNet is recognized as an effective tool for reaching the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) target of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Education 2030.
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 and 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.
In Lesotho, there are numerous ASPNet Schools all across the country. They work closely with the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO to incorporate Education for Sustainable Development into their curricula, promote interactive and innovative learning and conduct flagship projects to promote quality education in Lesotho.
For instance, the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO conducted a coding workshop with young girls from Methodist High School on the International Day of the Girl Child: (Picture)