The UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) promote Education for All, in particular Goals 3 (life skills) and 6 (quality education) of the Dakar Framework for Action. They encourage schools to contribute to international understanding and peace and they place emphasis on UNESCO ideals and the four pillars of Learning for the 21st Century: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together.
ASPnet identifies and diffuses examples of quality education in practice with emphasis on the following four ASPnet themes of study:
- World concerns and the role of the United Nations system
- Education for Sustainable Development
- Peace and human rights
- Intercultural learning
ASPnet is operating on the national, regional and international levels.
The Associated Schools 50th Anniversary International Congress in 2003 established an ASPnet Strategy and Plan of Action for 2004-2009. Recommendations on the implementation of the Strategy were published in the Berlin Blueprint in 2004.