Philipsburg — The M.A.C. Comprehensive Secondary Education has submitted an application to become a member of the UNESCO Associated School Project Network. When accepted, this will be the first school on St. Maarten to become an UNESCO Associated School. The northern side of the island already has an UNESCO Associated school, which is the Aline Hanson Elementary school in Sandy Ground.
The UNESCO Associated Schools Project (ASPnet) is a network of schools throughout the world committed to the ideals of UNESCO, by conducting pilot projects in favor of better preparing children and strengthening the role of education of education in promoting a culture of peace and tolerance.
UNESCO Associated Schools conduct pilot projects, undertake innovative approaches and test educational materials, making significant contributions to improving the quality of education, learning and content.
The ASPnet provides a strong basis to promote global citizenship, through overarching flagships projects, school partnerships and the sharing of good practices and ideas.
ASPnet is a key promoter of UNESCO values and the integration of international perspectives into schools. Education for Sustainable Development is one of ASPnet’s embedded themes and approaches, along with peace and human rights education, intercultural learning and other UN priorities. The concept of Global Citizenship is in line with these main concerns and strengthens the commitment of the Network members to raising awareness and acting upon the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s world.
The Ministry ECYS would like to encourage other schools to submit such an application to become members of the UNESCO Association School Project Network. Schools interested in becoming a UNESCO Associated School can contact SG-UNESCO, Marcellia Henry at +1 7215424594.