31 October 2023
Six among 24 exemplary lesson plans from 10 regional countries are to be supported with grants for piloting at schools in the months ahead.
Six schools in Asia-Pacific will receive grants from UNESCO to pilot their exemplary lesson plans employing living heritage in this year's UNESCO Asia-Pacific Living Heritage Lesson Plan Contest. The regional expert’s panel for living heritage and education deliberated in October 2023, reviewing a total of 146 entries from 96 schools in 23 countries.
In addition, a total of 18 lesson plans from 10 countries – Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore and Viet Nam – will receive Commendation Certificates to praise their innovative efforts. UNESCO also acknowledges, with appreciation, compelling submissions from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. The vast geographical span of schools submitting their lesson plans to this year’s contest demonstrates today’s mainstreamed interest and growing awareness in the benefits of using local living heritage in enhancing the relevance of education for a new generation.
The complete list of 2023 distinguished lesson plans comprises:
The Living Heritage Advocate Grant
The Pedagogical Innovator Grant
The Sustainable Development Contributor Grant
The Special Expert Grant
Each of the six schools that will receive the grant of US$1,000 will be tasked to actualize the lesson plans in classrooms and produce a short video clip on the process and lesson learned for UNESCO to showcase on its website and social media. Additionally, by December 2023, all 25 lesson plans will be accessible by schools and teachers across the world on UNESCO’s global clearinghouse on Living Heritage and Education, at: https://ich.unesco.org/en/clearinghouse-education.
Commendation Certificates Awarded
In addition to the six winners of grants, 18 distinguished lesson plans have been acknowledged with Commendation Certificates by multinational education and culture experts in this year’s contest:
The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Living Heritage Lesson Plan Contest is supported by the International Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP), and the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU). This strategic partnership aims to expand the regional impact of bringing living heritage into the classroom in both formal and nonformal education arenas.
Integrating living heritage into school teaching and learning not only enriches education but also adds vibrancy to the experiences of both students and teachers. This approach contributes significantly to preserving this heritage for current and future generations, ensuring its continuity and relevance. Moreover, the post-pandemic era has underscored the vital role that living heritage plays in safeguarding the well-being and resilience of communities. It offers a sense of identity, connection, and comfort during challenging times, reminding us of the importance of celebrating and preserving the traditions and practices that bind us together and sustain our collective spirit.
Outstanding lesson plans are recognized for their exemplary adherence to various conservation criteria, including the judicious use of pedagogical methods that effectively engage students, a strong connection with local communities, seamless integration of living heritage elements into the teaching and learning process, and a notable contribution to improving the sustainability of not only the immediate environment but also the broader community and beyond. These accolades highlight the value of educational initiatives that not only impart knowledge but also foster a profound appreciation for cultural heritage and environmental stewardship, ultimately shaping a more sustainable and culturally enriched future.
For further information about the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Living Heritage Lesson Plan Contest and related projects,