Subject: UNESCO in Asia-Pacific News, December 2018

The recent 2018 inscriptions of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) on UNESCO Lists has raised again global awareness of variations of masked dance in South-East Asia, which retell the story of Rama, the god-reincarnated king who defeats the demon king Ravana. Read more
Thailand has been a major destination for migrants and refugees for decades, now with more than 164,000 migrant and non-Thai students enrolled in schools and learning centres across the country. Read more
Networking and collaboration are the strategic tool arts practitioners use to navigate and survive complex, challenging and sometimes hostile working conditions. Read more
Urgent challenges for learning achievement in Myanmar include child labour, students being too tired or hungry to study, different languages, and parental lack of interest, among many other factors. Read more
With the backdrop of the IPCC’s warning for the consequences of a global increase in temperatures of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a group of 130 open source activists and students bunkered down to develop mobile apps around UNESCO’s soon to-be-published climate handbook for journalists in the Asia-Pacific. Read more
The Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP) turns five – a Q&A assesses the network’s contributions to national capacity development and SDG4 in the past, present and future. Read more
As a supporter of youth empowerment and safe sport participation, UNESCO is saddened by the death of 13-year-old Muaythai fighter Anucha Thasako. Read more
The young people sitting together in a classroom at Chiang Mai University came from countries across the region, yet they do not only identify as Cambodian, Lao, Myanmar, Thai or Vietnamese. Read more
The video is heartbreaking. A group of older girls in school uniforms surround a smaller girl sitting on the floor, yanking on her hair in a pantomime of braiding it until she cries out, and then repeatedly kicking and beating her. Read more
By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, according to some estimates.Read more
In the context of increasing mistrust between journalists and Myanmar authorities, UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, local and international media organizations, and civil-society organizations held the 7th Myanmar Media Development Conference on 5 December, 2018.Read more
A mother’s determination: Building a better life through Lifelong Learning. Read more
A foundation for life and love – Thailand: A Thai family’s perspective on comprehensive sexuality education. Read more
Asia-Pacific In Graphic Detail: A series of infographics illustrates the key issues and challenges for UNESCO’s work in the region. Read more
As we celebrate the recent Intangible Cultural Heritage inscriptions, it is a reminder of the value and inclusivity of ICH generally.
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L A T E S T   P U B L I C A T I O N S
Highlights from Asia-Pacific, 2016-2017.
Paving the Road to Education: A Target-by-target Analysis of SDG 4 for Asia and the Pacific.

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) - Teacher Competency Framework for Pacific Small Island Developing States (Pacific SIDS) (Pursuing Quality in Early Learning Vol. 2).
Developing Holistic Indicators to Promote the Internationalization of Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific.
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