ASPnet in Japan
The 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 inc
To share information and experiences with students and teachers of other schools around the world.
To develop and refine educational materials and methods to cultivate young people to deal with various global issues.
There are 489 member institutions/schools in Japan (as of September 2012).
Many of member schools are practicing ESD through the education of Culture, Disaster Prevention, Energy, Environment, Food, Human Rights, International Understanding and so forth. And they are developing unique courseworks with roots in the local culture and society. These original courseworks are made possible through the efforts of school teachers.
There are 4 universities are participating in ASPnet in Japan. Additionally 16 universities are affiliated with the ASPUnivNet (Interuniversity Network Supporting the UNESCO Associated School Project Network). In 2008 the ASPUnivNet was established to support member Schools of ASPnet with thier efforts to promore ESD. The ASPUnivNet consists of both undergraduate and graduate schools to provide excellent ESD instructional materials and resources. It is expected that closercollaboration between universities and schools will translate into even better curricula at domestic ASPnet.