The UNESCO Associated Schools Project (ASP) launched
in 1953 is a network of schools designed to strengthen the commitment of
children and young people to actively strive to promote international understanding
and peace . Schools participating in the network include all levels: nursery,
primary ,secondary , technical and vocational and teacher-training institutions.
More than 3,800 schools in 130 countries belong to this network which continues
to expand. One of the reasons for its continuing and substantial
quantitative and qualitative development in its forty-three years of existence
is attributed to the fact that there is often a gap between what is being
taught in the classroom and what is happening in the world today.
ASP endeavors to bridge the gap.
1. To sensitise children and young people to environmental problems facing the Caribbean Sea , both locally and regionally and to develop their skills in helping to resolve these problems.
2. To develop new interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary educational approaches and materials to involve children and young people in dealing with problems threating the marine environment .
3. To provide a mechanism for interaction , exchanges
and coorperation amongst schools around the Caribbean Sea , with the sea
as a unifying agent.
In the medium and long term the CSP will also look towards changing student and community attitudes to improving the marine environment , improving educational approaches content , methods , material ; improving interaction between the school and the community ; further strengthing the Caribbean identity ; promoting the rich cultural diversity of the Caribbean region; improving contacts and cooperation among educators , students and teachers and improved foreign language learning.