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UNESCO Bangkok and Korean YTN Science TV kick-off project on sharing Education TV contents

UNESCO Bangkok and YTN Science TV recently met to kick-off the Education and Science TV Contents Sharing Project in Asia and the Pacific. For this purpose, Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok , visited Hee-lim Ryu, Director of YTN Science, on 17 August at the YTN Headquarters in Seoul to sign off the cooperation agreement between the two partner organizations. Another signee was the Korea Creative Content Agency KOCCA that will lend its support to the joint project.

To bring quality science education broadcast materials to the countries in the Asia-Pacific region is the main purpose of this joint effort. To this end YTN Science will make available a selection of its science TV programmes to education TV broadcasters in the region, and  translate these programmes into English by adding English sub-titles. UNESCO Bangkok is in charge of the project coordination, with an initial focus on establishing a network of education TV broadcasters in the region, facilitating the distribution of YTN Science’s broadcast materials through free television and the internet. KOCCA’s role in the project is to promote education, science and international exchange in Asia and the Pacific. 

In a television interview, Mr. Kim highlighted the role science has played in the Republic of Korea’s development and explained how the project can help developing countries in Asia-Pacific getting access to quality science education materials. 

Also, Mr. Kim mentioned how the project can help disaster-prone countries in the region through better science education: “Through this project we will try to provide quality content, so that we can help countries that are vulnerable to climate change, particularly developing countries in Central Asia and island countries in the Pacific.” 

Having a regional scope, the project is set for an initial six months and is primarily geared towards making available YTN Science’s television programs to public Education TV channels in Asia-Pacific countries.  Additionally, the project seeks to initiate the co-production of broadcast materials among Asia-Pacific education TV channels, and raise the capacities of producers and journalists of education TV channels in the region through assistance and training opportunities. Also, the project coordination will invite other for-non-profit broadcasters to share their education and science TV contents through a common platform. 

“Science has been the key for (Korea’s) development. This project is the first case of providing assistance to developing countries through the field of broadcasting. That is why I consider this project worthwhile,” Mr. Kim said.

The three partners agreed that this joint initiative will pave the way for a stronger cooperation among education TV broadcasters and education content providers in Asia and the Pacific.

The videos of the interviews can also be viewed online (YTN Science 24YTN News).

The transcript of the interview (translated to English) is also available at this link