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We need to ensure education goes beyond literacy and numeracy.
In today's world, education must be about building peace, sustainable development, greater justice, social equity and gender equality.

- UNESCO Assistant-Director General, 

Stefania Giannini

Schools are the core foundations of our society, and the world is relying on schools to prepare children for the future, while empowering them to create a better world. Today schools and educators are rethinking their role in the 21st century, and redefining their purpose as agents of change. Schools not only have the responsibility to create better societies through educating their students, but also to significantly improve the academic skills and wellbeing of their students. 

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The role of schools in creating a better world 

Network of primary and secondary schools 

From the United States to India, schools are taking on leadership roles and creating new pedagogical content, finding innovative ways to engage students in education for sustainable development (ESD), and setting an example within their community.

Our network of

1,000 primary and secondary schools, 80,000 teachers and 850,000 students 


80 countries around the world that are committed to bringing ESD within their school communities. 

Sign the pledge and join the network

​We encourage you to complete and submit the Global Schools pledge in order to show your institution's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and to express your interest in joining our network!


By signing the Global Schools pledge, you are committing to join an active global network of schools, teachers, and educators, working towards the SDGs.



Click here to read the pledge


Have a look at the questions to fill out the pledge


These are the schools that have signed our pledge of education for sustainable development

Click on the blue icons to see school's names