Subject: UNESCO in Asia-Pacific Newsletter

March-April 2016
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Empowerment workshops were among the innovative strategies to reach girls in South and West Asia discussed at the recent Asia Education Summit. read more 
Thapanee Ietsrichai reports from conflict and disaster zones, not only breaking gender barriers, but overcoming all obstacles that stand in the way of her stories. She shares her journey with UNESCO Bangkok. read more
On the sidelines of the Asia Education Summit, a representative from an NGO working with impoverished women in Pakistan describes the structural challenges standing in the way of gender equity in the country and how the high spirits of the women she serves keep her going. read more
Where Are All the Women in STEM? 
One year after the launch of UNESCO's first regional review of women in STEM, updates from Australia shows challenges linger in developed as well as developing countries. read more
UNESCO eAtlas on Gender Disparities in Education
Girls are the first to be denied the right to education despite all progress over the past 20 years. The gender gap is particularly wide in South and West Asia, where about 4 million girls in the region will never learn to read and write in primary school, compared to almost 1 million boys. The newly released UNESCO eAtlas on Gender Inequalities in Education features about 100 interactive maps and charts showing educational pathways of girls and boys in more than 200 countries and territories. Click here for the eAtlas
pdf: 'Gender Disparities in Education: When Does the Problem Start?' Click here to open
Connect With Respect
The newly launched Connect With Respect curriculum tool aims to advance gender equality and prevent gender-based violence through 30 classroom activities teachers can use to promote respectful relationships, gender equality and social cohesion among students. read more
#PurpleMySchool: Cambodia group uses facts and football to combat intolerance
Although the campaign officially came to an end in December, the spirit lives on with a passionate group of community activists working hard to spread the message of acceptance. read more
Video: #PurpleMySchool in Nepal
In many parts of the world, particularly in remote areas, women are responsible for collecting and managing domestic water and yet they have been excluded from entering the sector in a professional capacity. This will be one of the findings explored in the 2016 United Nations World Water Development Report. read more
T E A C H E R  S P O T L I G H T
Cambodia: Land-mine Survivor Finds second Life in First Language Education
After a horrific accident nearly ended his life, Ting Sain left his career as a policeman and rededicated himself to helping young learners in his Tampuan community. read more
Philippines
As part of our series sharing the stories of mother tongue educators in five Asian countries, we share the story of an MTB-MLE teacher in the Philippines changing lives in a remote area scarred by conflict
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Bangladesh
Two powerful stoires of teachers who have come through great obstacles in their own schooling to ensure that the next generation of learners who, like them, speak Kok Borok, do not face similar barriers. read more
Pakistan
Teachers share how mother tongue learning is changing lives in linguistically diverse Pakistan where entire villages sometimes speak a minority language and are often left out of mainstream education because of it. read more
Thailand
Three teachers working in the country's deep South share how the MTB-MLE approach has not only helped them celebrate their own identity, but also be better able to learn the national language and advance in wider schooling.read more
'Mother tongue language education is like the lower rungs of the ladder. Without it, children are trying to jump up onto the higher rungs and often fall in the attempt.
'Gohar Rahman, 26, mother tongue educator, Pakistan
Happy Schools Art Exhibition and Report Launch to be held in Bangkok!
As part of UNESCO Bangkok’s Happy Schools Project, our new report – Happy Schools. A Framework for Learner Well-Being in the Asia-Pacific – will be launched to coincide with the International Day of Happiness (20 March 2016). The report presents the Happy Schools Framework, based on feedback from students, teachers and parents on what criteria make for a happy school, and what schools can do to meet them. Given increasing levels of student stress and pressure to perform academically, it calls for education systems to shift away from focusing on ‘the numbers’ and to embrace new types of learning that allow for learners’ unique talents and strengths to shine.
The report will be launched on 25 March at The Commons in Bangkok and will also showcase the top 30 submissions to UNESCO’s Happy Schools Art Exhibition. The report, contest winners and news of the launch will be updated on the Happy Schools Project webpage. read more
An insightful look into the country's indigenous communities where the line blurs between the tangible and intangible worlds and the people say their role is to "articulate" the land. read more
All that jazz in Asia-Pacific
Here are some of the countries planning International Jazz Day events this year.
Missing yours? Add here!
China: taking stock of progress towards becoming an innovation-driven nation read more
UNESCO releases guidelines on disaster response using community radio read more
D O W N L O A D   A P P S
UNESCO app puts decades of educational data at your fingertips. read more
The official app for the Asia Education Summit on Flexible Learning Strategies for Out-Of-School Children will continue to be a valuable resource, with videos, presentations, tools and more that aim to "reach the unreached". read more
L A T E S T  P U B L I C A T I O N S   
Current Status and Issues of Groundwater in the Mekong River Basin
Bangkok Office
Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping for Greater Mekong Sub-Region
Bangkok Office
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A Final Report of the Pacific Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has just been published.
Bangkok Office
read more
Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education 2015:
Fostering an Enabling Environment for Teacher
Innovation: From Policy to Practice: Outcome Document

Bangkok Office
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Celebrating 50 years of Water Leadership in Asia and the Pacific Success Stories from the Field
Bangkok Office
read more
Education for all 2000-2015: Achievements and remaining challenges in Nepal, a brief summary
Kathmandu Office
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