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

  • More thought-provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member-supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists

To understand more about why you are so important to our member-supported initiative, we encourage you to read the following from our managing editor ~ Read more

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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SCIA nurturing students towards a sustainable future

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Posted on: April 23, 2019 | Culture & Life

The Singapore (Cambodia) International Academy – SCIA is building a sustainable and environmental awareness model around their curriculum that teaches their students to care for the planet. For more information about SCIA’s Sustainability education, submit your questions here

One of SCIA student projects: a bio water filter using banana peel, sand and activated carbon at the Cambodia STEM Festival 2018

As a next-generation smart school, learning at SCIA is deeply rooted in creating new experiences that are rich and meaningful for their students. By integrating sustainability and environmental awareness, students learn to build a ­healthy future for their communities and the planet and in turn, to take responsibility for their actions.

At SCIA, lessons about sustainability is weaved seamlessly into Teaching & Learning.  Teachers skilfully create situations where students are prompted to reflect upon their own experiences and worldview, in the process sharpening their critical thinking skills towards saving the environment.

At SCIA High School, the lessons cover a range of topics such as distinguishing between renewable and non-renewable energy sources, positive and negative effects of humans on the environment, habitat destruction, plastics and microplastics, and conservation zones set up by different nations around the world. The students embark on creative projects such as learning about water purification process and creating their own water filter. One such project was exhibited in the Cambodia STEM festival last year in November 2018.

The lesson modules follow a steady progression, in tandem with the curriculum of related subjects like Science and Geography. For instance, the seventh graders learn to recognise how organisms are adapted to their environment. By the end of ninth grade, the students are tasked to search for data independently, on real world environmental issues such as mining, urbanisation, deforestation, as well as the harmful impacts of plastic.

SCIA Primary and High School students working together to create an ecobrick, a reusable building block

Sustainability education is future-oriented, and at the same time, imparts important skills and values to the students. They are challenged to think about creating a more ecologically just world, to link up knowledge across multiple subjects, to practise inquiry-based learning and to take informed actions. SCIA’s method of educating students stresses on how their current actions have consequences in their future. If we have learned anything from the past and the present, it is the need to preserve the planet and the smallest activities such as conserving electricity and water can lead to bigger changes. As the students grow older, these lessons become part of their behavioural instincts and thus, contribute to the bigger picture of caring for the world they live in. As facilitators in education, SCIA teachers are committed to their role of guiding  the children to understand the importance of an interconnected world, a oneness with the planet and the people in it, because realising this value now will turn them into conscious adults.

A visitor penned his well wishes at last year’s SCIA Earth Day event

This year, SCIA celebrates Earth Day with a series of activities for parents and students to gain more awareness and in their own ways, contribute towards a more sustainable environment.

The activities at SCIA Earth Day 2019 include using household items such as bottle caps and used plastic bottles to create works of art and life hacks for home improvement. The projects planned for the day are well-adapted for all age groups. While building a homemade bio-water filter will be more suited for the older students, the recycled paper crafts and paper seed project might pique the interest of the younger children. The seed paper project is particularly interesting and could, in fact, be utilised to easily start a garden. Seed paper is literally paper with seeds embedded into it. When this paper is placed on top of soil and watered, it will germinate and begin sprouting seedlings. Eventually, the paper will decompose, leaving the seedlings to grow into mature plants. A few years ago, a “green newspaper” was invented by Mainichi Shimbunsha, a famous Japanese daily newspaper. It is a 100% sustainable newspaper that follows the same methods of the seed paper. Through all fun and games, a lot of good can come through such endeavours.

SCIA will also showcase the students’ eco brick project. Eco bricks are useable building blocks created by packing clean and dry used plastic into plastic bottles to a set density. Eco bricking a good way to make use of unrecyclable plastic that already exists in our homes and workplaces. These eco bricks can be used to replace ceramic and concrete bricks, and have been used in building homes and pathways in some countries, including Cambodia and Indonesia.

While these activities comprise fun and creative projects, the ultimate goal is to turn the event into a day of practical learning and plant the seeds of environmental awareness in all the participants.

SCIA is optimistic that by planting the seeds today, enormous benefits can be reaped in the future to create a better world for all.

Members of the public are welcome to join the SCIA Earth Day 2019, which will be held on 28 April, Sunday 9AM to 2PM at Eden Garden. Register for SCIA Earth Day event here.

A child posing in front of a giant tiger at last year’s SCIA Earth Day event. The tiger was created by Plastic Commune, from thousands of used plastic bottles.