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Public-Private Partnership in UNESCO Bangkok through K∙science

20.09.2013

Through projects such as K∙science, UNESCO Bangkok becomes a catalyst for collaboration between public and private sectors of countries in Asia and the Pacific.

K∙science (Education and Science TV Contents Sharing Project in Asia and the Pacific), a project of UNESCO Bangkok, Korean television channel YTN Science, and the Korean Creative Content Agency (KOCCA),  aims to make science and educational TV programmes available to public and non-profit television channels in Asia-Pacific. In the previous year, YTN Science, a TV channel partially funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (Republic of Korea), expressed its intention to work with UNESCO Bangkok in making its broadcast materials available free of charge to public and non-profit education TV channels in Asia-Pacific countries.

As part of YTN Science’s mission is to improve science and technology in the Republic of Korea by popularizing science through easy and fun TV programmes. Through developing high quality content for STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, Mathematics), it also intends to make and provide global content that will support the Korean Wave of Science – in line with the education objectives of UNESCO and thus setting the stage for the K∙science project.

The project partners agreed to work towards establishing partnerships and strengthening cooperation among public and non-profit TV broadcasters in all UNESCO member states in Asia and the Pacific.  It is hoped that free access to the high-quality content of YTN Science will enhance science knowledge and education in the region. 

Project implementation has since started in earnest, as the project proponents reached out to potential partners in the region.  So far, fifteen TV channels in thirteen Asia-Pacific countries, operated and owned by either public or private sector (non-profit organizations), have expressed their interest in joining the project.  To date,  TV channels from five countries have aired or are currently airing the Science Class TV programme shared by YTN Science: Edutainment TV (Mongolia), Knowledge Channel (Philippines), Educational Television (Thailand), Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), and the National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan (NTRC).   The Science Class TV programme is a virtual tour of the Gwacheon National Science Museum through which viewers can learn fundamentals of science. YTN Science has translated the said TV programme to English, which in turn has been translated by some of the participating TV channels to their local language through audio dubbing or sub-titles.  TV channels will observe the same procedure in subsequent sharing of TV programmes.

K∙science does not begin and end with sharing TV programmes from one source alone, as future project activities will entail deeper engagement from the partner TV channels.  Some of the partner TV channels have already indicated their intent to share their own education TV programmes through the project.  UNESCO Bangkok and YTN Science will also facilitate the co-production of broadcast materials among partner TV channels, as well as capacity building for their education TV producers, journalists, and teachers.  Preliminary talks are ongoing with potential project partners on making the TV programmes available online. 

The objectives of K∙science might seem very difficult to achieve if not overly ambitious; with support coming from project partners from both public and private sector, however,  the tasks at hand does not seem as overwhelming and the ultimate goal of enhancing science education in the region through ICT-based content becomes all the more reachable.

For more information on K∙science, visit the project webpage at www.unescobkk.org/educationtv. TV channels interested to participate may send email inquiries to ict.bgk@unesco.org.