The UNESCO Network of Associated schools (ASPnet), established in 1953, connects global educational institutions around a common goal: to bring peace to the minds of children and youth. More than 11,500 ASPnet member schools in 182 countries support the ideas of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development, and quality education in practice.
The network operates internationally and nationally. A team from UNESCO headquarters in Paris oversees the international coordination of the network. At the state level, the national coordinators of the ASPnet are appointed by the UNESCO National Commissions. The headmasters, teachers, and students are engaged in activities in member schools.
For more than 22 years, Bashkortostan has been one of the most active participants in the international UNESCO movement in the Russian Federation. The regional educational institutions participating in the UNESCO ASPnet implement the most effective approaches to education and teach young people about the friendship of nations and tolerance as well as the tasks of the UN Decade for sustainable human development.
As many as 39 UNESCO associated schools, nine UNESCO Clubs of the Russian Federation, and more than 140 UNESCO friends clubs of the Republic of Bashkortostan operate in the region.