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UNESCO Bangkok (Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education) is pleased to announce the nominations for the Asia-Pacific Film/Article Contest "Skills for a Better Life," organized from August to December 2013 for the teachers and young people residing in Asia and the Pacific region. Please visit here to know more about the results. 

There is increasing emphasis on the need to foster the formation of 21st century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurial skills, self-motivation and intercultural understanding among young people globally in order to enable them to adapt to a rapidly changing world.   In Asia-Pacific, many education systems are recognizing this importance and are shifting their learning goals beyond students merely attaining theoretical knowledge and academic skills. 

So how to promote the development of these critical skills for a better life in the future? This is the question that UNESCO Bangkok and Tokyo Institute of Technology would like to ask youth across Asia-Pacific to answer as part of a collaborative research study on “21st century skills” in order to identify emerging trends and challenges in this region. Currently, eight countries/territories (Australia, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR (China), Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and Thailand) are participating in the exciting collaborative research.   

This e-contest aims to hear directly from you about the innovative ideas and practices you are taking on to develop these “skills for a better life” in your schools and beyond.  This is your chance to share your views, get creative, speak your mind, and make it count!

Type A: Video/Film

  •  Up to three minutes in length and of high quality
  • Must include a credit section acknowledging all those involved in the production and any clips/music developed by an outside party. 

If you are to use any clips and/or music published by an outside party, you must obtain explicit written permission for the use of such material in your video. Please provide UNESCO with proof of permission upon your submission.

Type B: Written Article

  • 1000 English words maximum (Please adjust the number of words according to the translated language)
  • Reference all cited passages
  • Format must be in an electronic form (e.g. pdf, doc...)


Top nominees from each category will receive a digital video recorder (for Category A) or an eBook reader (for Category B) respectively with a unique opportunity to be featured widely in UNESCO media.