Early education based on a child’s mother tongue gives them a head start in their literacy and language learning.
Research shows that mother tongue teaching is the most ideal tool for early child education.
Javanese still is used in art performance. Here is Javanese dance jathilan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, March 2017.
Young Javanese speakers in Indonesia are nervous about speaking High Javanese, for fear of making mistakes. But they are still eager to learn.
More than just a musical accolade, UNESCO has recognised the social and political importance of Jamaican music.
The indigenous Rapa Nui say the statue is one of their most spiritually important.
Emmanuel Macron called for support for “open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful cyberspace”.
The French president's Paris Call is for international collaboration to make the Internet safer. What are the advances and limitations of this text?
Kenya needs policies that aim to draw women into STEM and retain them.
Gender biases are revealed in enrolment inequalities and policies that favour male students.
Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016.
An influx of tourists is irrevocably changing UNESCO-listed towns in Asia. Controls on visitor numbers are urgently needed.
Central Island, the breeding ground of what was once the world’s largest population of Nile Crocodile.
Lake Turkana's status as a World Heritage Site hasn't protected it from environmental threats.
Students in a Nairobi slum school. There are more than monetary barriers for parents from poor neighbourhoods.
Getting more children into secondary school in Kenya requires striking a balance between top-down policy and bottom-up implementation.
Women teachers can be powerful role models for girls.
Female teachers can act as role models who enhance girls’ motivation and learning outcomes.
A fisherman at work in the White Nile. Half the river’s flow is lost to evaporation from the Sudd swamps, a large wetland.
Arne Hoel/World Bank/Flickr
Nature based approaches to solving water problems originated in Europe and don't take into account Africa's huge infrastructure deficit.
The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization was founded in 1945.
Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA
The US still owes UNESCO millions in arrears.
Literary and artistic engagements have helped to shape the region into the iconic landscape it is today.
Dozens of reefs around the world have bleached in the past three years, of which the Great Barrier Reef was merely the most high-profile.
AAP Image/WWF AUSTRALIA, BIOPIXEL
Amid fears for the world's coral reefs, the UN World Heritage Committee has issued its most wide-ranging statement so far on protecting heritage sites from climate. But the problem doesn't end there.
The Great Barrier Reef is reeling under a combination of bleaching, over-fishing and land clearing.
AP Image/Bette Willis
The Great Barrier Reef has avoided being listed as "in danger" by UNESCO. But celebrating this is dangerously short-sighted.
Australia’s Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage wilderness, but many other pristine places lack similar protection.
AAP Image/Tourism Australia
Wilderness areas are vitally important, yet are largely overlooked by the United Nations' list of natural World Heritage. This week's meeting in Poland is a chance to redress that balance.
The “Door of Europe” monument, which commemorates migrants who died on their journey, is seen on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The island of Lampedusa in Italy has become the symbol of how a community can welcome migrants — for better or for worse.
Chinese ceramics recovered from the 9th century Belitung shipwreck in Indonesia, now held at the Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore)
ArtScience Museum Singapore
Archaeologists this week found that more than half of of HMAS Perth, a WWII wreck in Indonesia, has disappeared. It's now a race to protect the millions of other wrecks and sunken cities lying under the oceans.
Melbourne’s Flinders Street station is transformed into a stage for the 2013 White Night.
Melbourne may be the self-proclaimed music capital of Australia, but industry data suggests Sydney may have the upper hand. Meanwhile the UN recognises Adelaide as the country's only city of music.
Press freedom is being undermined by the global trend towards mass surveillance and data retention.
On World Press Freedom Day, we must deal with the threat data collection and surveillance poses to journalism.