"UNESCO Associated Schools ESD Good Practices in Japan"


"ESD and UNESCO Associated Schools in JAPAN"


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Welcome to the UNESCO ASPnet in Japan!

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet)

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 11,000 UNESCO Associated Schools in 181 countries and regions around the world.  Of these there are 1,034 pre-schools, elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, schools for  special needs education and teacher training colleges and universities from Japan (as of October 2017).

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.

A Guide to Developing and Using ESD Materials

ACCU (Asia-Pacific Cultural Central for UNESCO) designed "A Guide to Developing and Using ESD Materials" to be responsive to school principals and teachers in charge of particular grades and subject areas who might have questions such as “What is ESD?” “How should we promote ESD?” and “How is ESD connected with the educational activities that we are currently pursuing in the school and my own educational practices?”