The Globe as you know it is changing. Coming June 2019

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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Education shorts / Review of education in Southeast Asia through short stories, quotes and charts

Posted on: March 5, 2018 | Special Reports

The latest on education in Southeast Asia, including the top-ranked universities in the region and the relation between healthy food and studying

Technology has the potential to bridge the urban-rural educational divide

The idea that education is a human right has remained a fantasy in many remote corners of the world. But with the use of digital devices spreading far faster than government services in many countries, the educational resource gap between urban and rural populations is diminishing. Lessons, tests and even teachers can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, and even some places without it. Social enterprise EDEMY is working to provide a quality English education to Cambodians regardless of their financial or environmental constraints. Their current model is able to operate in areas where there is no internet connection or qualified teachers, using a low-cost android tablet and a trained local facilitator. “I think technology cannot completely replace the role that teachers play, such as coaching, but technology is an effective tool to make learning and teaching more efficient,” says co-founder Sovan Srun. “It plays an important role in bridging the gap between rural and urban education as it enables students to attend world-class education at their fingertips.”

Even if students become accountants of miners of whatever, art education is really importan

Aaron Seeto, director of Museum MACAN in Jakarta, on developing creative thinkers and leaders

ALMOST LIKE THE REAL THING
From the quill to the printing press and the personal computer, technology has been upending educational practices for centuries. If you’re keeping your eyes out for the next big thing, strap on a pair of ClassVR goggles and transport yourself to ancient temples, other planets or inside the human heart. Rupert Rawnsley, technical director at Avantis, which produces the teacher-friendly devices, said that his company looks at the curriculum first and then creates the user experience accordingly. “We aim to take the friction out of the experience for the teacher,” he told the tech website ZDNet. “We’ve produced 500 lesson plan notes to start with. The strategy is: adopt, adapt and innovate to bring your own content.” The headsets have a 5.5-inch high-resolution screen, a front-facing camera, microphone, stereo speakers and customised software. The cost for an eight-pack is currently more than $2,500 but, as with all technology, it will only get cheaper.

If the Cambodian government wishes to integrate itself as a worthy competitor to the global educational system and eventual workforce, it needs to start with an innovative response not an imitative one

Sothy Eng, professor of practice in comparative and international education at Leigh University’s college of education

FOOD FOR THE MIND
Rising obesity rates, increasing food insecurity and the growing recognition across the world that nutrition is critical to the healthy development of young students are coming together to create a sense of urgency around efforts to educate children and their parents about healthy eating. Recent studies have demonstrated that nutrition affects students’ thinking skills, behaviour and health – all factors that impact academic performance. One study found that fifth-grade students with less nutritious diets performed worse on a standardised literary assessment, while another study discovered that fifth-grade students who ate more fast food fared worse on math and reading assessments. Diets high in trans and saturated fats have been found to be particularly damaging to cognitive abilities, while a nutritious diet improves students’ concentration, boosts energy levels and even reduces stress. “Good nutrition impacts children’s health, wellbeing and learning, and if children are not adequately nourished during childhood, the impact can last a lifetime,” said Sara Kirk, a professor of health promotion at Dalhousie University in Canada.

This article was published in the October edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here