Spotlight 2021

Holistic Education in the Asia-Pacific Region

Education is more than just schooling - it is a lifelong process through which a learner constantly drives their own development. Education - like learners themselves - needs to be holistic, dynamic, responsive, open to new ideas & perspectives. The Royal Academy in Pangbisa, Bhutan, & HundrED are partnering to find & showcase innovations in the Asia-Pacific region that promote holistic education.
The Royal Academy of Bhutan
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Today’s education systems predominantly seem to focus on cerebral development at the expense of all other aspects of a person's development

Furthermore, a one-size-fits-all approach to learning serves only a fraction of a community, while flattening cultural and individual diversification. Education must be contextualised to whole people and communities, and in so doing it will help them become the best that they can be.  

While attempts have been made worldwide to develop holistic education systems, few have proven scalable. The predominant systems rely on schooling for academic attainment, even at the expense of other aspects of development and the wellbeing of learners and communities. The need to look at the role of Education in helping the learners develop holistically is crucial. OECD Learning Compass 2030 also outlines the aspiration for holistic education.



 


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This spotlight aims to identify and showcase innovations from Bhutan and Southeast Asia that helps the learners develop holistically.

Holistic education is commonly understood as an approach to developing a whole person, balancing cultivation of all aspects including the intellectual or cerebral, physical, emotional, social, and aesthetic or spiritual. Holistic education also extends beyond individual realization to include the actualisation of a community's potential, which becomes possible when individuals are contributing constructively as citizens. 

The goal of this spotlight is to identify 10 highly impactful and scalable education innovations focusing on Holistic education in Bhutan & Southeast Asia. This Spotlight is accepting innovations from the following countries: Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

By raising up innovations that focus on the holistic development of an individual and society, The Royal Academy and HundrED hope to enrich the conversation about the role of education in promoting a more just and harmonious society and give communities constructive resources for driving their own development. 

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What happens and when?

Spotlight Launched
15.3.2021
Submission Ends
15.6.2021
Selections Made
15.10.2021
Selections Announced
28.10.2021
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Launching a New Spotlight on Holistic Education & its Role in the Creation of Harmonious Societies

Education is more than just schooling - it is a lifelong process through which a learner constantly drives their own development. Education - like learners themselves - needs to be holistic, dynamic, responsive, open to new ideas & perspectives. The Royal Academy in Pangbisa, Bhutan, & HundrED are partnering to find & showcase innovations in the Asia-Pacific region that promote holistic education