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The First Technical Advisory Committee Meeting "Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in South-East Asia through Shared Histories", 10 – 11 November 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

UNESCO Bangkok is hosting the First Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for the project, “Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in South-East Asia through Shared Histories.”

The meeting, which will take place from 10 to 11 November at the Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit, is organized by UNESCO Bangkok and funded with the generous support of the government of the Republic of Korea.

As South-East Asian countries move towards greater regional integration in 2015, with the launch of the ASEAN economic and socio-cultural communities, mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue are more crucial than ever. UNESCO believes that history education can play an important role in fostering them. This project aims to develop and promote the adoption of innovative teaching and learning materials on the shared histories of South-East Asia from a regional perspective. Materials will supplement existing curricula, emphasizing similarities, complementarities, and mutual respect, while also confronting existing negative stereotypes.

Following the first two expert meetings in 2013 and 2014, both held with the support of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the auspices of UNESCO in Seoul (APCEIU), the project’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been formed, consisting of esteemed historians and education experts from the region. The upcoming meeting will provide, for the first time, a forum for the TAC to gather, discuss, and provide guidance on project implementation. It will also provide an opportunity for the TAC, as well as UNESCO partners, to form and/or strengthen networks: a starting point for continuing dialogue and exchange.

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