Bangkok Post reviews
Promoting 21st-Century skill sets
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: October 9, 2013 at 8:03 am
Unesco Bangkok is seeking submissions for an Asia-Pacific-wide contest asking young people and educators how "21st-century skills" can best be promoted among the youth of the region.
Developing these skills, such as critical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurialism and intercultural understanding has been deemed by education experts within and outside Unesco as essential to the region's development.
This is especially the case given the rapid rate of globalisation and the onset of the Asean Economic Community looming in 2015.
Unesco Bangkok, the body's regional centre for education, and Tokyo's Institute for Technology are holding a "Skills for a Better Life" competition to invite feedback on how these principles can best be promoted in the Asia-Pacific region.
Young people and teachers in the region are invited to join the contest by letting Unesco know what innovative ideas and practices they are taking on to promote these skills for a better of life at their school and beyond.
Entries can be made either through video or written submissions.
Videos must be no more than three minutes in length, in English or subtitled, and include credits listing those involved in production. Upload your video online to www.dropbox.com or similar services and send the shared link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written submissions must be no longer than 1,000 words, must reference all cited passages from other media, and be saved in a standard electronic form (Word document, PDF, etc) and emailed to skillsforabetterlife @unesco.org.
Winners from each section will receive a digital video recorder or an e-book reader, respectively, and will also be prominently featured in Unesco media.
The submission deadline is Oct 31.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1aE0fWe