Okayama University Education for Sustainable Development Promotion Center

UNESCO School Support

What is UNESCO Associated School?

UNESCO Associated Schools practice peace and international cooperation in order to realise the ideals of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) as set forth in the Constitution of UNESCO.

There are more than 9,556 UNESCO Associated Schools in 180 countries and regions around the world.  Of these there are 705 pre-schools, elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools and teacher training colleges and universities from Japan (as of February 2014). 

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) and the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO place UNESCO Associated Schools as a base for ESD promotion and are making efforts to increase the number of member schools.

Objectives of UNESCO Associated Schools’ activities

  • To share information and experience through exchanges between schools around the world and students and teachers by utilizing the UNESCO ASPnet.
  • To develop and refine new educational curricula and methods to prepare young people to deal with global issues.