Subject: UNESCO in Asia-Pacific News - July 2017

GCED is central to the humanistic vision of education as a driver for sustainable development captured in SDG 4.7. Here, Asia-Pacific education professionals share their approaches.
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Targeting a better world: APMED2030 puts region on path to SDG 4.7
Explore the two natural and five cultural sites in Asia-Pacific that were recently recognized for their outstanding universal value at the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee.  
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'I really think that my sister has fewer opportunities than I do just because she is a girl' - male students share their thoughts on challenges facing females in schools.
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Thai materials scientist Dr Nuanlak Watsantachad has worked around the world on high-profile conservation projects, defying stereotypes that suggest such work is a man's domain. 
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Improving gender sensitivity in education requires addressing challenges from the policy to classroom level. UNESCO is working with five countries on a project that aims to do just this.
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UNESCO research emphasizes the role of families as part of a 'web of support' for LGBTI learners. Three Thai LGBTI community members share what family support means to them. 
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It's a higher calling for higher education as top Chinese university graduates from around the world forgo the big cities and lend their expertise to empower rural villagers in China.
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Mother tongue-based multilingual education's role in furthering the SDGs is strikingly illustrated in three case studies from throughout the region.
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Wanted: Innovative professional development for teachers 

The quality of education cannot exceed the quality of teacherss, but are we giving teachers the support they need to have an impact?
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Mother tongues matter amid English-language push in Asia 

How does the penchant of many education systems to prioritize English at the expense of other non-dominant languages impact learning? Read more
No quality education without happy learners

The pursuit of happiness is on the global development agenda, but not enough is being done to address learner well-being. UNESCO’s ‘Happy Schools’ framework addresses the disparity. Read more.

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