Regional activities undertaken as part of Global Action Week (GAW) 2012 by Asia-Pacific Region

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Asia-Pacific Photo and Drawing Contest 2012 on “What is a good early childhood?

On the occasion of Global Action Week from 22-28 April 2012 which ran under the theme of “Early Childhood Care and Education” UNESCO Bangkok along with Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) and UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) conducted an Asia-Pacific Photo and Drawing contest on “What is a good early childhood?” The contest was open to anyone living in the Asia-Pacific region. More than 900 entries have been received from 23 countries in five categories.

The countries which sent in entries as part of the contest are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Fiji Islands, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vanuatu and VietNam. The 15 winners of this Asia Pacific contest were recently announced. A 5-year-old boy Md Irfan Bin Md Zulkifli from Brunei Darussalam is the youngest winner in the drawings category by under 12 years old, while the oldest winner is 56-year-old Chan Siok Gim from Malaysia in the photos category by 19 years and above.  

UNESCO Bangkok promoted the contest through EFA members, ASPNET, ARTC network (APPEAL Resource and Training Consortium), ESD network, Solution Exchange communities of practice, National Commissions in the Asia-Pacific region and UNESCO field offices, Facebook, twitter, UNESCO Bangkok’s website, through computer printed flyers distributed in ongoing meetings, UNESCO reception etc.

Contest promoted through various media

     (a) - In Bangkok Post dated 19th March an article published titled as
             “Early education drive“
             Please click on the link below:
             http://www.bangkokpost.com/arts-and-culture/art/284965/early-education-drive

     (b) - India Education Diary

The winners will be sent an official certificate of recognition and will soon be featured on the organizers’ websites. All entries photos and drawings (in electronic version and some in hard copies) received as part of the contest have been forwarded to the Global Campaign for Education(GCE) to be part of the “Big Picture” mosaic on early childhood from all over the world.

Currently the photos and drawings are on display at UNESCO HQ (since 2 weeks). GCE plans to take the exhibition to Berlin for the GPE board meeting, during which time it will be on display in the German Ministry for Development. GCE is also in talks too with Education International (EI) who wish to host the exhibition in Brussels in September 2012. 

The winning contest entries are available on the link below:
http://www.unescobkk.org/news/article/five-year-old-boy-won-the-regional-photo-and-drawing-contest-what-is-a-good-early-childhood/

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