UNESCO invites schools to compete in Asia-Pacific Living Heritage Lesson Plan Contest 2023
The UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Bangkok is delighted to announce the launch of the Asia-Pacific Living Heritage Lesson Plan Contest 2023. We invite educators from across the Asia-Pacific region to showcase their creativity and pedagogical expertise by submitting innovative lesson plans that integrate Living Heritage or Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) into the classroom. This exciting competition aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural traditions and practices that shape our diverse communities. By bringing living heritage to life through engaging lesson plans, we hope to inspire a new generation of learners to connect with and preserve our shared heritage.
This contest is supported by International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP) and Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), Republic of Korea.
The contest is open for lesson plan submission from schools in the Asia-Pacific region from today until 30 September 2023. Apply at: https://bit.ly/aplp2023-apply or download the application form here.
Grants and Commendations
In recognition of the outstanding efforts and contributions of educators, the contest will give 4 grants for the most exceptional lesson plans that UNESCO culture and education expert panel members anonymously aspire to see put into action and set as regional good practices. The recipients of these prestigious grants will not only receive well-deserved certificates of recognition; in addition, they will be granted USD$1,000 each to pilot and record their lesson plan usage, and then send the recordings to UNESCO for public dissemination.
Four (4) primary grants to support lesson plan using at the winning schools are for the following categories:
- The Living Heritage Advocate Grant emphasizes outstanding efforts in raising awareness, advocating for the importance of safeguarding living heritage, and actively engaging with communities to ensure their continuity.
- The Pedagogical Innovator Grant recognizes the remarkable ways in which educators have integrated living heritage into their teaching practices, resulting in enhanced creativity and effectiveness. Grantee lesson plans need to exemplify a range of innovative pedagogies, methods, and tools that effectively engage students and encourage active participation in their learning journeys. These approaches may include the utilization of information and communication technologies (ICT), flipped classroom, project-based learning (PBL), creative use of local resources, collaboration with multiple people, multiple intelligence, and so forth.
- The Sustainable Development Contributor Grant honors the exceptional dedication and contribution to sustainable development and recognizes outstanding efforts in designing and implementing lesson plans that effectively raise awareness about broader societal, economic, and environmental issues while inspiring and empowering youth to take meaningful action.
- The Special Expert Grant goes to a lesson plan that performs exceptionally well in multiple criteria categories.
Commendations (20): In addition to the four main grants, the culture and education expert panel will extend their commendations to up to 20 exemplary lesson plans, honoring each with a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ for exceptional quality and innovative approaches.
All lesson plans that receive the grants and the commendations will be disseminated on UNESCO global clearinghouse for Living Heritage and Education: https://ich.unesco.org/en/clearinghouse-education
We believe that these acknowledgements will not only celebrate the dedication and ingenuity of educators but also inspire and motivate them to continue enriching the educational landscape with their creative integration of living heritage into classroom learning and teaching experiences.
If you are not sure how to effectively design a lesson plan that integrates Living Heritage, we would like to invite you to take this FREE self-paced online course, ‘Bringing Living Heritage to the Classroom in Asia-Pacific’, on GCED Online Campus (registration and log-in required): https://bit.ly/GCEDclassICH
- Fill in the application form and upload the lesson plan at https://bit.ly/aplp2023-apply by 30 September 2023.
- The standardized submission must be in English; applicants may attach to their application the original version of the lesson plan in its original language as an annex to the English lesson plan in the same file (PDF or MSWord format). In case of any discrepancies between the two versions, the English-language version shall prevail as the official entry.
- The English-language version does not need to be in perfect English translation. In other words, the applicant does not need to spend money on expensive professional translation.
- Applicants may submit 1 lesson plan per 1 application form. One school can submit more than 1 lesson plan, but each plan must be submitted with its own own application form.
- All grants and commendations are given to the school, not to individual teachers. Therefore, the teacher(s) submitting the lesson plan should first ask for the school director’s approval / acknowledgement of the project. There is a field to enter the director’s / manager’s name in the application form.
- The preferred lesson plans are for 1 subject for 1 to 3 periods. Any special field visits or classroom visits by traditional culture practitioners can be conducted outside these 1 to 3 periods.
- The applicants will be asked to select the grant category to which they are applying.
- The panel will evaluate the lesson plans on all criteria, with particular focus on the applicant’s selected grant category.
- You can find more details about the requirements and judging criteria at https://bit.ly/aplp2023-criteria