Call for Entries: 2016 SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award,

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Application Deadline: Friday 25 November 2016

The SEAMEO Secretariat and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT) in cooperation with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education are pleased to announce the 2016 SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award, with the theme of “Saving Energy”.

The objectives of the SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award are:
1. To raise awareness of ESD in schools and communities across Southeast Asia;
2. To promote ESD best practices in schools and communities across Southeast Asia;
3. To share and exchange knowledge and best practices on ESD in schools across Southeast Asia and Japan;
4. To encourage networking among schools and communities which implement ESD practices in Southeast Asian countries and Japan.
The first awards scheme in 2012 was conducted under the theme of: “Education for Disaster Risk Reduction”. This initial competition attracted entries from 69 schools in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.


  • All public and private kindergarten / elementary / secondary / vocational and technical schools in 11 Southeast Asian countries – namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam – are invited to submit information about programmes, projects and activities that are related to the theme of this year’s competition.


Prizes for the winning schools
1) 1st Prize – USD$1,500 – A study tour to Japan for four days (The organiser will sponsor the travel expenses for four to six persons, which includes round-trip airfares, accommodation for three nights, domestic transportation in Japan, interpreter, and visa fees).

2) 2nd Prize – USD$1,000 3) 3rd Prize – USD$500
4) A Special Prize from the SEAMEO Secretariat for the best activity carried out in small schools of less than 250 students – USD$1,000

  • All winning schools will receive a plaque of recognition and a certificate for teachers and students involved in planning and implementing the school’s programme.
  • A representative of the winning schools will be sponsored to participate at the award presentation ceremony which will be held at the SEAMEO Council Conference in Indonesia in 2017.
  • All participating schools that have submitted entries relevant to the theme will be recognised (name, project name and country) on the SEAMEO website and the winning schools’ details will also be posted on the SEAMEO website.

How to Submit:

  • Schools can submit information about the school’s programme/project/activity related to the theme “Saving Energy” during 15 September to 25 November 2016. 2. The deadline of entry submissions is Friday 25 November 2016. (The schools must ensure that the SEAMEO Secretariat receives entries by Friday 25 November 2016.)
  • 3. Each school can submit only ONE entry.
  • 4. The submission of the school’s programme must be done through the template “Submission Form of 2016 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award”. The submission form can be downloaded from the SEAMEO website: or requested by sending an email to the following email
  • 5. Regarding the submission of information, each school must adhere to the following format, as specified in the Submission Form:
  • a) Part I – Information about the school;
  • 1) School name and contact details.
  • 2) Brief information about the school such as number of teachers and students and the educational level.
  • 3) Contact details of the coordinator.
  • b) Part II – Information about the school’s programme;
  • 1) Title of the school’s programme.
  • 2) Summary of the programme (one half-page of A4 sheet size).
  • 3) Background information or reasons why the school created the programme.
  • 4) Objectives/goals of the programme.
  • 5) Period of time when the programme was/has been started.
  • 6) Activities (Actions and strategies of implementation).
  • 7) Teaching and learning approaches that the teacher applies for teaching “Saving Energy”.
  • 8) Participation with the community and sharing of school practices to the community.
  • 9) Engagement of partners.
  • 10) Resources used for implementation.
  • 11) Programme monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
  • 12) Achievement from the saving energy effort.
  • 13) Benefits/impacts/positive outcomes of the programme to students, school and the wider community.
  • 14) Plan for sustainability and plan for the future.
  • 15) List of attachments such as a copy of the school saving energy plan, committee structure, learning/teaching materials, lesson plans, samples of student worksheet, manuals, etc.
  • 16) Photographs related to the school programme (maximum of five photographs with captions written in English). 6. Information about the programme (Part II as above) should not be over nine (9) pages of A4 in total. The information should be written in Times New Roman font, 11-12 point size. (A half-to-one page A4 sheet size about the project overview should be included.)


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award 2016

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