My ASEAN My HOME
Why through the eyes of a child?
The first phase of the LEARNAsean Initiative is focused on schools throughout the region. The phase is a bottom up engagement program with ASEAN schoolchildren throughout the region.
The program is built on a ASEAN guidebook that serves to be a point of reference for any and all things ASEAN. Titled, My ASEAN My Home, the guidebook will become essential reading and make ASEAN accessible to children giving them a starting point in learning about the region they live in.
As an English publication, we look to promote English literacy, reading and learning in an interactive and engaging manner. We provide a window for children to expand their scope of learning beyond their horizons. Our initial target is to reach out to 1,000,000 primary school children across Malaysia.
The book will focus on children largely because the ASEAN Community that is to be established, is one that will be inherited by the young and by future generations to come. This is particularly relevant given the demographics of our region where almost a third of our 620 million population is below the age of 15 years.
As such, there exists a crucial and pressing need to educate the children of this region on the history and common links that binds us all as members of a vibrant community. This need has been acknowledged by Malaysia itself as one of its goals under its chairmanship, including even a proposal to introduce an ASEAN centric curriculum as part of the syllabus in public schools later this year.
We strongly believe that this book will serve as a useful introduction and point of reference to ASEAN that can complement the governments strategy.
What made Mawar decide to travel with her father? Where is the city of Bangkok located? How many colours does the flag of Indonesia have? My ASEAN My Home answers these questions and more by taking the reader on a journey of adventure and discovery.
We strongly believe that this book will serve as a useful introduction and point of reference to ASEAN that can complement what children may already know. This book is for children of all ages, but most suitable for those aged between 9-13 years old.