Gender Equality Calendar 2011

This year, the calender that sits on my desk is the UNESCO-UNGEI Asia-Pacific 2011 Gender Equality in Education calendar.

The calendar is filled with wonderful photos captured throughout the Asia-Pacific region as part of a photo contest. Over 250 entries were submitted from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The photos were taken by students, teachers, government workers, development workers and photographers. The 13 winning photos are featured for the cover and each month of the calendar. You can see the amazing cover photo of school children in Bhutan below.

Gender equality is more than treating women and men exactly the same. It means providing equal access and participation in decision-making processes, social responsibilities and so forth. UNESCO has the specific objective to ensuring that men and women or boys and girls, all have equal access to achieve in education to their highest potential, not on whether they are born male or female.

UNESCO video on Ethics and Bioethics Workshop

Filmed at a workshop at the Science Center in Bangkok, Thailand, this video is a presentation on “Our Common Future: Our Planet, Our Oasis” for science teachers in Thailand. The displays at the workshop are shown, along with the workshop participants and some scenes from around Bangkok. For the interviews of the Thai science teachers, English subtitles are provided, and overall it seems that they acquired new ideas and learnings that they will share with their students in the classroom.


Societies and communities will progress in a more just, equitable and sustainable direction if the cultural, ethical, and spiritual values of those societies are central determinants in shaping science and technology. Bioethics and environmental ethics have been core areas of action in the Social and Human Science Sector of UNESCO for the past decade. The video shows people participating and learning, through games, about how to attain the goals of bioethics and values education

Language, Educaion and Millenium Development Goals Conference 2010

Right now there International Conference going on which brings nearly 400 participants from almost 30 countries from around the world. The three day event began today with a welcoming speech from the Prime minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva highlighting Thailands progress in Multilingual Education, particularily in the deep south.
The event is organized and funde by the Multilingual Work Group, consisting of UNESCO Bangkok, UNICEF, Save the Children, Asian Institute of Technology, Mahidol University, CARE, SEAMEO, ASPBAE. The event is held from November 9-11,2010 at the Twin Towers Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

Bunong mother tongue-based Education in Cambodia

As a part of the DVD series, Promoting Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education, the section is about the Bunong speakers in Cambodia. I am research about mother tongue-based and multilingual education as preparation for my participation in UNESCO’s Language, Education and the Millenium Development Goals Conference which will be held in Bangkok on November 9-11, 2010. This segment features the Bunong ethnic minority which lives in the rural forests of Cambodia and the struggles of Bunong children to learn Khmer language, the Cambodia national language, in school. As a way to help support the education of this ethnic minority, they have developed a written language and learning materials for the Bunong and later transition the children to learn Khmer. By having the children learn first in their mother-tongue, the acquisition of the national language is facilitated and the children have less difficulty in achieving in school.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia


 In the list there are a total of 851 properties that comprise of cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.

These include 660 cultural sites, 166 natural sites and 25 mixed sites in 141 countries around the world.


  • Complex of Hue Monuments (cultural, 1993)
  • Ha Long Bay (natural, 1994 & 2000)
  • Hoi An Ancient Town (cultural, 1999)
  • My Son Sanctuary (cultural, 1999)
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (natural, 2003) 


  • Historic City of Ayutthaya (cultural, 1991)
  • Historic Town of Sukothai and Associated Historic Towns (cultural, 1991)
  • Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries (natural, 1991)
  • Ban Chiang Archaeological Site (cultural, 1992)
  • Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (natural, 2005)


  • Baroque Churches of the Philippines (cultural, 1993)
  • Tubbataha Reef Marine Park (natural, 1993)
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (cultural, 1995)
  • Historic Town of Vigan (cultural, 1999)
  • Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park (natural, 1999)


  • Gunung Mulu National Park (natural, 2000)
  • Kinabalu Park (natural, 2000)

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

  • Town of Luan Prabang (cultural, 1995)
  • Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape (cultural, 2001)


  • Borobudur Temple Compounds (cultural, 1991)
  • Komodo National Park (natural, 1991)
  • Prambanan Temple Compounds (cultural, 1991)
  • Ujung Kulon National Park (natural, 1991)
  • Sangiran Early Man Site (cultural, 1996)
  • Lorentz National Park (natural, 1999)
  • Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (natural, 2004)


  •  Agra Fort (cultural, 1983)
  • Anjanta Caves (cultural, 1983)
  • Ellora Caves (cultural, 1983)
  • Taj Mahal (cultural, 1983)
  • Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (cultural, 1984)
  • Sun Temple, Konarak (cultural, 1984)
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (natural, 1985)
  • Kaziranga National Park (natural, 1985)
  • Keoladeo National Park (natural, 1985)
  • Churches and Convents of Goa (cultural, 1986)
  • Fatehpur Sikri (cultural, 1986)
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi (cultural, 1986)
  • Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986)
  • Elephanta Caves (cultural, 1987)
  • Great Living Chola Temples (cultural, 1987 & 2004)
  • Group of Mounuments at Pattadakal (cultural, 1987)
  • Sundarbans National Park (natural, 1987)
  • Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (natural, 1988 & 2005)
  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (cultural, 1989)
  • Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (cultural, 1993)
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (cultural, 1993)
  • Mountain Railways of India (cultural, 1999 & 2005)
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (cultural, 2002)
  • Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (cultural, 2003)
  • Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (cultural, 2004)
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (cultural, 2004)
  • Red Fort Complex (cultural, 2007)


  • Angkor (cultural, 1992)


  • Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat (cultural, 1985)
  • Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur (cultural, 1985)
  • The Sundarbans (natural, 1997)