SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award

2015 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award



 

The Awardees of 2015 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award
Theme: Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan in cooperation with UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education would like to congratulate all awardees and express appreciation to schools who participated in the 2015 SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award under the theme of 'Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions’.

Appreciation is also extended to the Ministries of Education of Southeast Asian countries, SEAMEO Regional Centres and Educational Development Agencies who contributed and supported this 2015 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award.

 

1st Prize

Sekolah Kebangsaan (Perempuan) Methodist, Kuantan, Pahang
Malaysia

Title of the School's Programme:
"Warna-Warna Warisan Budaya (Colourful Cultural Tradition)"

Address: Jalan Gambut, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang.
Country: Malaysia
Education Level: Year 1-6
Number of Teachers: 54
Number of Students: 762
School Principal: Datin Nooraziza binti Sabarudin
Website: N/A

 

2nd Prize

Nguyen Dinh Chieu Inclusive Elementary and Secondary School
Vietnam

Title of the School's Programme:
"Employment orientation, Vocational Training and Job Creation for the Students who are Visually Impaired"

Address: 21 Lac Trung Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Country: Vietnam.
Education Level: Grade 1-9
Number of Teachers: 56
Number of Students: 1,799, including 198 students with visual impairment
School Principal: Ms Pham Thi Kim Nga
Website: N/A

 

3rd Prize

No. (1) Basic Education High School, Dagon, Yangon
Myanmar

Title of the School's Programme:
"Preserving Our Culture, Safeguarding Our Future Programme"

Address: No. (57) Alan Pya Pagoda Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, 11191
Country: Myanmar
Education Level: Kindergarten - Grade 11
Number of Teachers: 142
Number of Students: 6867
School Principal: Mr Aung Ko Ko
Website: www.behs-1dagon.com

 

Special Prize

for the Best Programme Carried out in
Small Schools of Less than 250 Students

Krousar Thmey School for Blind or Deaf Children in Kampong Cham
Cambodia

Title of the School's Programme:
"Cultural and Artistic Development Programme for Blind or Deaf Children in Kampong Cham"

Address: 6 village, Veal Vong quarter, Kampong Cham city, Kampong Cham province
Country: Cambodia
Education Level: Grade 1-12
Number of Teachers: 27
Number of Students: 156(69)
School Principal: Mr Keo Phally
Website: www.krousar-thmey.org

 

Special Recognition

for the Programme Carried out in
Small Schools of Less than 250 Students

Alloy Elementary School
Philippines

Title of the School's Programme:
"Revitalizing Diverse Cultures: Towards the Attainment of Access, Retention, Completion and Achievement (ARCA) of the Indigenous People Learners"

Address: Alloy, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya
Country: Philippines
Education Level: Kindergarten - Grade 6
Number of Teachers: 6
Number of Students: 124
School Principal: Maria Olivia M. Brazil
Website: N/A

 

Shortlisted Schools with Over 250 Students

Note: The shortlisted schools will receive a Certificate from the award.

No School Country Project Title Edu. Level No. of Students
1 Basic Education High School, Dagon Myanmar Preserving Our Culture, Safeguarding Our Future Programme Kindergarten to Grade 11 6,867
2 No (5), Basic Education High School, Pyay, Bago Region Myanmar Safeguarding our cultural Traditions of the Basic Education High Grade 1 -11 3,588
3 Huamin Primary School Singapore Creative Arts Programme for Students (CAPS) – Safeguarding our Culture and Heritage Primary 1-6 976
4 Bandung Wittaya School Udonthani, Thailand Development of Learning Process Using Local Wisdom Grade 7-12 1,000
5 SMA Negeri 1 Dolopo Indonesia Keeping Local Cultural Heritage Mask dance Dongkrek (KLCHMDD) Year 10 -12 566
6 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Inclusive Elementary and Secondary School Vietnam Employment orientation, vocational training and job creation for the students who are visually impaired Grade 1-9 1,799
7 SMK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1) Malaysia Eleven One 1st Decade Charity Concert ‘Konsert Amal Tautan Kasih Eleven One’ Grade 7-11 (Form 1-5) 722
8 Sekolah Kebangsaan Kempadang Malaysia Pahang Heritage is SK Kempadang Culture Preschool (6 years) to Year 6 (12 Years) & Special Education Class 1,200
9 Sikolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 8 (2) Malaysia “Embracing Pantun (Malay Quatrains) to Sustain the Cultural Tradition” Year 1-6 (age 9-12) 1,285
10 SMK Wikrama Bogor Indonesia Eco-school’s Cultural Tradition (ECT) Programs Vocational Senior High School 1,540
11 SJK (T) Telok Panglima Garang Malaysia Ayurveda – The Life Knowlede Kindergarten to Year 6 561
12 Sekolah Kebangsaan (Perempuan) Methodist, Kuantan Malaysia Warna-warna Warisan Budaya (Colourful Cultural Tradition) Year 1-6 762
13 MAN 2 Kudus Indonesia Preservation of Batik through Mathematics Learning Activity at School High school 1,132

 

Shortlisted Schools with Less than 250 Students
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No School Country Project Title Edu. Level No. of Students
1 Amalina Islamic Junior High School Indonesia Kartini’s and Cultural Day Grade 7-9 214
2 SMPN 3 Satu Atap Sumberlawang Indonesia Karawitan art in developing a culture and character of students Grade 7-9 199
3 Yabibannawit School Thailand The Conservation of Local Cultural Traditions “Manora” Secondary School 171
4 Krousar Thmey School for Blind or Deaf Children in Kampong Cham Cambodia Cultural and Artistic Development Program for Blind or Deaf Children in Kampong Cham Grade 1-2 156
5 Preschool, Teachers Training Institute, Women’s malay College Melaka, Malaysia Malaysia “5 Gems” Acculturation of the Malay Culture among Preschoolers Preschool 26
6 SDN-1 Muara Mea (State Elementary School-1 Muara Mea) Indonesia Increase awareness of local culture through learning to make woven crafts from rattan Elementary Grade 1 - 6 31
7 Alloy Elementary School Philippines Revitalizing Diverse Cultures: Towards the Attainment of Access, Retention, Completion and Achievement (ARCA) of the Indigenous Peoples Learners Kindergarten, Grade1-6 124

 

List of All Entries

The following lists are 90 entries schools in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The organisers and the Judging Committee would like to express appreciation for the participation in this 2015 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award under the theme of “Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions”.

Note: All participating schools will receive the Certificate of Participation from the Award.

No. Country/School Name Title of Entry Education Level Number of Students
Brunei Darussalam
1 PGGMB School, SG Akar PGGMB Cultural Club Kindergarten 1-6 311
2 Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang Negara Brunei Darussalam Co-Curricular Activities Clubs: PTEM Dance Club Sixth Form Centre 25
3 Sekolah Menengah Chung Hua, Kuala Belait Safeguarding our CHMSKB Cultural Traditions Kindergarten 1-Year 11 780
4 Sekolah Rendah Merangking, Belait, Brunei Darussalam S.R. Merangking ‘Mari Bercerita’ Programme (Story Telling Time) Kindergarten-Year 6 16
5 SM Tanjong Maya Tutong Gardening and Landscaping Year 7-11 779
6 Stella’s School Around the World in 40 Minutes Kindergarten -Year 6 1,320
7 Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School                                                            Brunei’s Best Ket Treasure: ‘Pasang’ Year 7-11 340
Cambodia
1 Krousar Thmey School for Blind or Deaf Children in Kampong Cham Cultural and Artistic Development Program for Blind or Deaf Children in Kampong Cham Grade 1 -12 156
2 Provincial Teacher Training College Teacher Trainee Works Exhibition Teacher Training for Primary Level 708
Indonesia
1 Amalina Islamic Junior High School Kartini’s and Cultural Day Grade 7-9 214
2 GagasCeria Primary School Sundanese Cultural Week (Pekan Budaya Sunda) Primary school level 1- 6 323
3 Institute Education of Skill Muslimah Group Solok City N/A N/A N/A
4 MAN 2 Kudus Preservation of Batik through Mathematics Learning Activity at School Senior High School Grade 10-12 1,132
5 MTs AT-TAQWA Ciparay MTs AT-TAQWA Ciparay Care for Local Culture by Implementing Learning Local Content “Bandung District Local History” Grade 7-9 131
6 SDK Penabur Banda Action Week/ International-Minded School Early Years-Primary 6 152
7 SDN-1 Muara Mea (State Elementary School-1 Muara Mea) Increase Awareness of Local Culture through Learning to Make Woven Crafts from Rattan Elementary Grade 1-6 31
8 Senior High School Number Nine South Bengkulu Festival “ANDUN DANCE” Senior High School 500
9 SMA Negeri 1 Dolopo Keeping Local Cultural Heritage Mask Dance Dongkrek (KLCHMDD) Year 10-12 566
10 SMK Wikrama Bogor Eco-school’s Cultural Tradition (ECT) Programs Vocational Senior High School 1,540
11 SMP Al Hikmah Full Day School Surabaya “Subuh Call” Building Students’ Characters Before the Sunrise Junior High School 925
12 SMP Bina Insani Bogor Culture Day-Art Carnival Night (Lutung Kasarung) Junior High School (Grade 7-9) 444
13 SMP N 2 Ponjong Javanese Theatre Extracurricular as Character Builder Learning Junior High School N/A
14 SMP N 2 Yogyakarta Gagrag Ngayogyakarta Traditional Costume in Ezphero Secondary School (Grade 7-9) 670
15 SMP N 7 Bojonegoro Regional Cultural Development to Improve Your Thinking Skills (Grade 7-9) 636
16 SMP Negeri 5 Malang (5 State junior High School 5 Malang) Saturday Clean Program to Safeguarding “Gotong Royong” Culture in SMP Negeri 5 Malang Junior High School (Grade 7-9) 910
17 SMPN 3 Satu Atap Sumberlawang Karawitan Art in Developing a Culture and Character of Students Middle School      (Grade 7-9) 199
18 SMPN-1 (State Junior High School – 1) Gunung Purei Preserving Local Culture through Crafts Made by Rattan Junior High School (Grade 7-9) 160
19 The Natural School Sekolah Alam Insan Mulia Environmental, Culture, and The Kingdom Elementary school grade 1-6/year 6 443
20 Vocational High School of Taruna Indonesia Jambi Safeguarding “Sekapur Sirih” Traditional Dancing of Jambi in Semi-Military School Grade 10-12 328
Lao PDR
1 Kiettisack International School Sustainability of the Traditional Laos Sinh Nursery-Grade12 1,298
2 Mall early 33th High School in Luang Prabang 8 Protection of Traditional Culture and Our High School N/A
Malaysia
1 Al-Mashoor Boys’ Secondary School Seni Khat Warisan Kita Form 1-5 563
2 Johor Bahru Religious National Secondary School Education for Enhancing the Fading Cultural Art Secondary School Grade 1-5 543
3 Morning Glory High School (SMK Seri Pagi) Think Globally Act Locally Grade 7-12 (Form 1-6) 1,922
4 Preschool, Teachers Training Institute, Women’s malay College Melaka, Malaysia “5 Gems” Acculturation of the Malay Culture Among Preschoolers Preschool 26
5 SJK (T) Telok Panglima Garang Ayurveda – The Life Knowledge Kindergarten-Year 6 561
6 SJK (TAMIL) Batu Anam, Segamat, Johor Ponggal Festival 2015 Kindergarten ½ -Year 6 135
7 SJK C Mah Hua Cultural Tradition : The Spirits of Nations Year 1-6 402
8 SK (Perempuan) Methodist, Kuantan Warna-warna Warisan Budaya (Colourful Cultural Tradition) Year 1-6 762
9 SK Kempadang Pahang Heritage is SK Kempadang Culture Preschool (6 years) - Year 6 (12 Years) & Special Education Class 1,200
10 SK Putrajaya Presint 8 (2) “Embracing Pantun (Malay Quatrains) to Sustain the Cultural Tradition” Year 1-6 (age 9-12) 1,285
11 SM Pertang
  1. Sewang Dance of Natives/Aborigines
  2. Zapin Dance of Malays
  3. Indian Dance/Contemporary Dance
  4. Chinese Dance/Chinese Fan Dance
Remove Class, Form 1 to form 5, Special Class for handicap students 328
12 SMA AL-MAARIF Preserved the Malays Tradition: Uphold the Malays Learning Culture Secondary School (Form 1 to Form 5) 378
13 SMK Datuk Onn Butterworth DOBians United Cultures & Traditions (SMK Datuk Onn Butterworth) Grade 7-11 1110
14 SMK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1) Konsert Amal Tautan Kasih Secondary School 685
15 SMK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1) Eleven One 1st Decade Charity Concert ‘Konsert Amal Tautan Kasih Eleven One’ Grade 7-11 (Form 1-5) 722
16 SMK Seksyen 18, Shah Alam ‘Sons of Adam’ – The Nasyid of Traditional Malay Pantun Program Secondary School
Form 1-5
1,265
17 SMK Sri Sentosa Cultural Tradition – Flair of Malaysia Remove to Form 6 2,500
18 St George’s Girls’ School St George’s Girls’ School (SGGS) Speech Day 2015 Form 1-6 (13-19 year-olds) 1,120
19 Sultan Mohamad Jiwa Science Secondary School Superb MSE: Potential Local Medicinal Herb Grade 11 612
Myanmar
1 B.E.H.S (Hlegu) Let’s Safeguard Our Traditional Culture Kindergarten-Grade 11 3,302
2 Basic Education High School (Branch), No (12), Hlaing Thar Yar Preserve Custom Kindergarten-Grade 10 2,096
3 Basic Education High School No (5) Pyay Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions of the Basic Education High School No. 5, Pyay Grade 1-11 3,588
4 Basic Education High School, Kyauk Yit Ka-Htain Festival Kindergarten 1-Grade 11 653
5 Basic Education high School, Myaung Myo, Sagaing Safeguarding our Cultural Traditions Excursion to Bagan High School Level Grade 6-11 1,006
6 Basic Education High School, Nabet Maintaining Myanmar Traditional Costumes High School Level 887
7 Basic Education high School, Nagabauk Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions in Nagabauk, B.E.H.S Pre-Primary, School- Grade 11 415
8 Basic Education High School, Pareinma A Study of Teacher and Student Participation in School Activities for the Development of National Spirit to Safeguard Our Cultural Traditions Grade 1-11 1,228
9 English House Private High School Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions High School N/A
10 Mandalay Education Collage, Practicing Middle School Mental Adjustment for Students Grade 1-9 1,002
11 No (1), Basic Education Primary School, Bahan Township The Exhibition of Myanmar Traditional Costumes Grade 1-5 1,288
12 No (4) Basic Education High School, Taunggyi Dream Big and Fly High Nursery-Grade 11 2,721
13 No.(1) Basic Education High School, Dagon Preserving Our Culture, Safeguarding Our Future Programme Kindergarten-Grade 11 6,867
14 No.(1) Basic Education High School, Yakin Safeguarding School Cultural Traditions with Myanmar Traditional Dance in Our School Grade 1-11 1,688
15 No.(3), Basic Education High School, Shwebo Myanmar Traditional Culture Keeping and Improving Programme Kindergarten 1 -Grade 11 2,056
Philippines
1 Alloy Elementary School “Revitalizing Diverse Cultures: Towards the Attainment of Access, Retention, Completion and Achievement (ARCA) of the Indigenous Peoples Learners” Kindergarten, Grade 1-6 124
2 Iloilo Central Elementary School “Alay Kay Lolo at Lola”/”A Gift for Grandmother and Grandfather” Kindergarten-Grade 6 2,509
3 Kalibo Integrated Special Education Center (KISEC) N/A N/A N/A
4 Ochando National High School Open High School Programme Grade 7-10 418
5 Pitogo High School School Improvement Programme: The Making of An Outstanding School Junior High School (Grade7-10) 4,010
6 Sadanga National High School School of Living Traditions on Bontok Toping (Stonewalls) Grade 7-10 226
7 San Quintin National High School Techno-Transfer Program on Tabungaw (Gourd) Hat Making Grade 7-10 276
8 University of San Carlos, Basic Education Department – South Campus USC BED-SC: Promoting and Enhancing Filipino Culture and Tradition: Witness to the Word Kindergarten - Grade 10 2,426
Singapore
1 Fairfield Methodist School (Primary) My SG50 Trail – Education in Singapore Primary 1-6 1,620
2 Huamin Primary School Creative Arts Programme for Students (CAPS) – Safeguarding our Culture and Heritage Primary 1-6 976
Thailand
1 Anubannongsaeng School “Weaving Bamboo Earthen Steamer”, The Way to Safeguarding E-SAN Traditional Crafts Kindergarten 1- Grade 6 657
2 Bandung Wittaya School Development of Learning Process Using Local Wisdom Grade 7-12 2,792
3 Huaynamhomwittayakan School The Joys of Thai Music in Cooperation with Chumtabong Community Grade 7-12 1,248
4 Lopburi Polytechnic College Educating Youth on Phra Narai Festival Certificate and Diploma    (16-18) 180
5 Wat Sompouathong School (primary and small school) Thai Traditional Conserve for Green Environment Kindergarten 1- Grade 6 82
6 Yabibannawit School The Conservation of Local Cultural Traditions “Manora” Secondary School 171
7 Yangkampittayakom School Ponglang – The Folk Custom of the North-eastern Part of Thailand Grade 7-12 362
Vietnam
1 Chua Thanh High School Drinking Water, Remembering Its Sources on July 27th High School 1,400
2 Cu Lao Dung Junior High School N/A Junior High School 794
3 Dinh Tien Hoang Primary School Safeguarding and Developing Vietnamese Traditional Culture in Public School Primary Grade 1-5 1,677
4 Dong Da Junior High School Safeguarding Cultural Tradition Junior High School N/A
5 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Inclusive Elementary and Secondary School Employment Orientation, Vocational Training and Job Creation for the Students who are Visually Impaired at Nguyen Dinh Chieu Inclusive Elementary and Secondary School, Hanoi, Vietnam Primary and secondary level Grade 1-9 1,799 + 198 with visual impairment
6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Gifted High School Soc Trang The Poetry Day at School High School 753
7 Nguyen Trung Truc The Vietnam Ethnic Minorities’ Costumes Contest High School 1,989
8 Vung Tau High School, Vung Tau City Traditional Program to Commemorate the Establishment of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union on March 26th Grade 10-12 1,733

 

Judging Committee of the 2015 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award:

Chair:
Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto
Director, SEAMEO Secretariat

Members:

  1. A representative from MEXT, Japan
      • Mr Yoshiaki Sato
        Director for Overseas Cooperation
        International Affairs Division
        Minister’s Secretariat, MEXT, Japan
  2. An expert on ESD from Japan
      • Prof Dr Kazuyuki Mikami
        President
        Miyagi University of Education, Japan
  3. An expert on ESD from Southeast Asian region
      • Dr Prapatpong Senarith
        Former Deputy Permanent- Secretary for Education, Ministry of Education-Thailand
        Advisor of Ministry of Education-Thailand

  4. A representative from UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (Bangkok)
      • Ms Vanessa Achilles
        Programme Officer
        Culture Unit
        UNESCO Bangkok
  5. Representatives from SEAMEO
      • Dr Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela
        Deputy Director (Programme and Development), SEAMEO Secretariat

      • Dr Tinsiri Siribodhi
        Deputy Director (Administration and Communications), SEAMEO Secretariat

 

Important Document for Download

   
I. Introduction

In 2002, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 57/254 and declared the period 2005-2014 as the “United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” (DESD).

In its declaration, the United Nations General Assembly defined ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) as a “dynamic and expansive undertaking that envisions a world where every person has the chance to benefit from educational opportunities and to learn the lifestyles, behaviours and values necessary to create a sustainable future.”

In November 2014, within the final year of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), Japan and UNESCO co-organized the UNESCO World Conference on ESD. Through the UNESCO World Conference on ESD, many countries voiced support for the importance ESD plays in improving and ensuring the quality of education and sustainable development. In addition, the Aichi-Nagoya Declaration on ESD was adopted at the World Conference in order to enable current generations to meet their needs while allowing future generations to meet their own, with a balanced and integrated approach regarding the economic, social and environment dimensions for sustainable development.

Based on the Global Action Programme (GAP), which was officially launched at the UNESCO World Conference, Japan has expressed a firm recommitment to promote ESD and has called on all stakeholders to strengthen ESD even further and take action accordingly in order to implement the specific directives of GAP.

In support of promoting ESD, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT), in cooperation with the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, have shown their collective commitment to promoting best practices in ESD in schools across Southeast Asia by organizing the SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award. The award has been held annually since 2012.

The objectives of the SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award are:

  1. To raise awareness of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in schools and communities across Southeast Asia;
  2. To promote ESD best practices in schools and communities across Southeast Asia;
  3. To share and exchange knowledge and best practices on ESD in schools across Southeast Asia and Japan; To encourage networking among schools and communities which implement ESD practices in Southeast Asian countries and Japan.

The first awards scheme in 2012 was conducted under the theme of: “Education for Disaster Risk Reduction”. This initial competition attracted entries from 69 schools in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The award in 2013 was conducted under the theme of “Values Education” and attracted entries from 126 schools in eight Southeast Asian countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The award in 2014, under the theme of “Fostering Global Citizenship for Sustainable Future”, involved 63 schools in nine Southeast Asian countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

II. Theme for 2015: “Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions”

During the ongoing era of globalization and greater ASEAN Integration, it is important that students are aware of the decisive role they can play as responsible citizens. A distinctive feature of Southeast Asia is the region’s rich and varied cultural diversity. Sustainable development practices can help us to safeguard this cultural heritage – and Southeast Asian students can play a vitally important role in this process by understanding and sharing knowledge about the different cultures that exist within countries in the Southeast Asia region. It is also crucial that students are able to reconnect with their own local roots and value their respective cultural heritage and local knowledge so that they can safeguard it for future generations.

Factors such as industrialization, globalization and social transformation pose a serious threat to our unique and diversified Southeast Asian cultures. Therefore, in order to protect and foster these rich traditions and customs and preserve them for posterity, the SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award has selected “Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions” as the theme for the competition in 2015.

Safeguarding” means making sure that culture remains an active part of life for today’s generations so that they can hand it on to the next generation. Safeguarding measures aim at ensuring an individual culture’s visibility, continuous recreation and its transmission1.

Tradition” refers to a belief or behaviour passed down within a group or society with a symbolic meaning or special significance that has origins in the past2.

Cultural Traditions” referred to in this award can be defined in a similar way to “Intangible Cultural Heritage” which refers to practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills handed down from generation to generation, which have provided communities with a sense of identity3.

The scope of “Cultural Traditions” for this award includes the following areas (as identified for intangible cultural heritage3):

  1. Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of intangible cultural heritage.
  2. Performing arts.
  3. Social practices, rituals and festive events.
  4. Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe.
  5. Traditional craftsmanship.

The objectives of this year’s award scheme are:

  1. To raise awareness of the cultural traditions integrated in education for the promotion of sustainable development in schools and communities in Southeast Asia and Japan.
  2. To promote and share initiatives and good practices that support sustainable development through the integration of cultural traditions into teaching and learning practices and school programmes.
  3. To encourage schools to develop and improve current ESD activities and programmes.

Under the theme of “Safeguarding Our Cultural Traditions,” the school entry should cover the following criteria:

  1. The entry should be relevant to the theme and the scope of “Cultural Traditions” as defined above.
  2. The entry should demonstrate how the school’s programme can promote cultural understanding and responsibility among teachers, students, parents and communities. The entry should also identify how values of cultural traditions can create a more sustainable society.
  3. The entry should demonstrate the continuous transfer of local cultural traditions such as knowledge, skills and values embedded in cultural traditions from one generation to the next so as to help keep the practices alive and relevant to the communities or groups that practice them.
  4. The school should clearly demonstrate the integration of cultural tradition practices in the school management plan, curriculum, teaching and learning practices, co-curricular activities, partnership efforts, community participation and so on. (Please refer to the “Submission Form”.)

References:
1. http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/doc/src/01851-EN.pdf ( “What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?”, UNESCO)
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tradition
3. “Learning with Intangible Heritage for a Sustainable Future, Guidelines for Educators in Asia-Pacific Region”, UNESCO Bangkok, 2015.

III. All schools in Southeast Asian countries are invited to enter the competition

All public and private kindergarten/elementary/secondary schools in 11 Southeast Asian countries – namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam – are invited to submit information about programmes, projects and activities that are related to the theme of this year’s competition.

IV. Prizes for the winning schools
 
1) 1st Prize
  • US$1,500
  • A study tour to Japan for four days (The organizer will sponsor the travel expenses for four to six persons, which includes round-trip airfares, accommodation for three nights, domestic transportation in Japan, interpreter, and visa fees).
2) 2nd Prize
  • US$1,000
3) 3rd Prize
  • US$500
4) A Special Prize from the SEAMEO Secretariat for the best programme carried out in small schools of less than 250 students
  • US$1,000

All winning schools will receive a plaque of recognition and a certificate for teachers and students involved in planning and implementing the school’s programme.

A representative of the winning schools will be sponsored to participate at the award’s presentation ceremony which will be held at the SEAMEO High Officials’ Meeting in November 2015 in Thailand.

All participating schools that have submitted entries relevant to the theme will be recognized (name, project name and country) on the SEAMEO website and the winning schools’ details will also be posted on the SEAMEO website.

V. Judging criteria

The judging committee will consider the following criteria in selecting the winning schools:

1. Strategy/ Modality of Implementation

    • Conservation and promotion of cultural traditions is emphasized and incorporated into school policies, management plans, and teaching and learning programmes within the school.
    • The school has ensured the continuous transfer of cultural traditions from one generation to the next of knowledge, skills and values embedded in cultural traditions, so as to help keep a practice alive and relevant to the communities or groups who practice it.
    • The school has demonstrated the use of participatory processes – involving students, teachers, parents, community stakeholders and partners – in planning and implementing the programme.
    • Appropriate and effective methods and resources are used to implement the programme.
    • Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms or processes are identified to safeguard the immediate and long-term outcomes of the programme.

2. Innovation and Creativity

    • The school’s programme has demonstrated innovative practices in safeguarding local cultural traditions.
    • The school has demonstrated innovative ideas for utilizing available resources.
    • The entry is a new idea or an improved/adapted version of existing activities.

3. Teaching and Learning Approaches

    • The school has demonstrated effective teaching and learning approaches that have been applied to the preservation and safeguarding of cultural traditions.
    • The school has embedded knowledge about cultural traditions into subject disciplines and incorporated ESD principles and pedagogical methods to ensure that students are able to connect the practices in their community, in their local environment, materials and resources, and learn more effectively.
    • Teacher capacity building programmes have been conducted to ensure that teachers are able to integrate values, skills and knowledge of cultural traditions and ESD into their lesson plans, and use appropriate teaching and learning methods and classroom-community links.

4. Engagement of Multisectoral Partners

    • The school has engaged multi-sectoral partners such as education institutions, teacher-training institutions, schools, cultural institutions and professional associations to co-implement the school’s programme.
    • The school has engaged community-level partners such as community stakeholders, experts, cultural bearers, elders, local leaders, practitioners and parents who provide information and guidance on local cultural traditions.
    • The school’s programme has strengthened student involvement in the local community.

5. Sustainability

    • The school has demonstrated a clear future plan on how to sustain the programme.
    • The school has integrated cultural tradition practices within the school management plan and teaching and learning activities across subjects for a long-term action strategy.

6. Impact

    • Results, during/after implementation, have revealed the effectiveness and benefits of the school’s programme to students, teachers, parents and the wider community.
    • Information collected about cultural traditions has been effectively compiled, documented, and shared within the schools, between schools in one area, and at the broader provincial or national levels.
VI. The judging committee

The Judging Committee consists of experts in the areas of education, education for sustainable development, and cultural development from Japan and the Southeast Asian region. The decision of the Judging Committee is final and challenges/appeals are not allowed.

VII. Guidelines for submission of entries
 
  1. Schools can submit information about the school’s programme/project/activity related to the theme “Safeguarding our Cultural Traditions” between 1 June to 4 September 2015.
  2. The deadline of entry submissions is Friday 4 September 2015. (The schools must ensure that the SEAMEO Secretariat receives entries by 4 September 2015.)
  3. Each school can submit only one entry.
  4. The submission of the school’s programme must be done through the template “Submission Form of 2015 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award”. If you are not able to download the form, please request by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  5. Regarding the submission of information, each school must adhere to the following format, as specified in the Submission Form:
    a) Part I - Information about the school;
    1. School name and contact details
    2. Brief information about the school such as number of teachers and students and educational level
    3. Contact details of the coordinator
    b) Part II - Information about the school’s programme;
    1. Title of the school’s programme
    2. Summary of the programme (one half-page of A4 sheet size)
    3. Background information or reasons why the school created their programme
    4. Objectives/goals of the programme
    5. Brief details about the cultural traditions the school aims for within the programme and its values
    6. Period of time when the programme was/has been started
    7. Activities (Actions and strategies of implementation)
    8. Teaching and learning approaches that the school applies for safeguarding cultural traditions as identified in point 5
    9. Participation with the community
    10. Engagement of partners
    11. Programme monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and summary of results
    12. Resources used for programme implementation
    13. Benefits/impacts/positive outcomes of the programme to students, school and the wider community
    14. Plan for sustainability and plan for the future
    15. List of supporting documents such as a copy of the school operational plan, action plan, learning/teaching materials, lesson plans, samples of student worksheet, manuals, etc.
    16. Photographs related to the school programme (maximum of five photographs with captions written in English)
  1. Information about the school programme (Part II as above) should not be over nine (9) pages of A4 in total. The information should be written in Times New Roman font, 11-12 point size. (A half-to-one page A4 sheet size about the project overview should be included.)
  2. Information about the school project and the photo captions must be in English. The teaching and learning materials can be in local languages, however a brief translation in English should be provided.
  3. All submissions should include related photos. (A maximum of five photographs with captions written in English.)
  4. Schools can submit the "Submission Form of 2015 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award" and other supporting materials to the SEAMEO Secretariat by

    a) Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or
    b) Send a Compact Disc (CD) or handy drive containing the digital files of submission form and supporting documents to the following address by post. (In case of damage to the CD, the printed version of the submission form should also be included in the mailing package.)

    SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award
    SEAMEO Secretariat
    920 Sukhumvit Road
    Klongtoey District,
    Bangkok 10110,
    THAILAND.
  1. All entries submitted to the SEAMEO Secretariat will be acknowledged. If the school has not received any acknowledgement of the receipt from the SEAMEO Secretariat within one week after the submission, please contact the SEAMEO Secretariat (Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

VIII. Important dates
 
1 June to
4 September 2015
Period for submission of entries to the SEAMEO Secretariat by schools.
Friday 4 September 2015 The last day for submission of entries
(The schools much ensure that the SEAMEO Secretariat receives their entries by 4 September 2015.)
10 November 2015 Announcement of the winning schools on the SEAMEO website (rescheduled)
November 2015 Award presentation ceremony at the SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in Thailand
February or March 2016 Study visit programme in Japan for the 1st winning school
 
IX. Contact information

For enquires, please contact:
SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award
SEAMEO Secretariat
920, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey District, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +66 (0) 2391 0144
Fax: +66 (0) 2381 2587

X. Information/ resources for downloading

- Information about the 2015 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award (Theme: Fostering Global Citizenship for Sustainable Future)

- See good practices of 2014 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award (Theme: Fostering Global Citizenship for Sustainable Future)

- See good practices of 2013 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award (Theme: Values Education)

- See good practices of 2012 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award (Theme: Education for Disaster Risk Reduction)

- Other relevant resources:

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