Regional Award for School Best Initiatives

Plastic pollution is one of the most serious threats to our entire ecosystem: environment, animals, and human. To reduce and prevent the plastic waste from harming our environment and life, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) 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 2020 SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award, with the theme of “Addressing Plastic Problems for Transforming Communities”.

The objectives of this year’s award scheme are:

  1. To promote waste management system and other plastic initiatives in schools in Southeast Asia and Japan that contribute to the transformation of communities and ecosystems;
  2. To share initiatives and good practices that support sustainable development through the integration of waste management system into the holistic school programmme;
  3. To encourage schools to develop and improve current ESD activities and programmes.

We are looking for the best school’s initiatives/programmes that have transformed the community and provided impactful evidence in reducing the plastic usage and/or improving the plastic waste management system as well as clean the ecosystem of the community.

All primary, secondary and vocational and technical schools (equivalent to Grade 12) in 11 Southeast Asian countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) are invited to participate in the competition. The last day for submission of entries is on 14 August 2020.

Details of the award and guidelines for submission, please visit or

Ms Piyapa S., Project Officer, SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand

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