Understanding through art

Unesco Bangkok presents the "Learning to Live Together" exhibition, which highlights the importance of cultivating mutual understanding and peace among young people in the Asia-Pacific region at a time when conflicts due to cultural differences are rife.

This photo by Allan Jay Quesada from the Philippines won the third place.

The exhibition showcases the creativity of young people from 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region _ Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand.

The images on display were chosen from more than 200 submissions to a competition on the theme "Learning to Live Together".

The winners of the competition will be officially announced today in a ceremony to coincide with the exhibition's launch. Unesco Bangkok will also sponsor the travel of the three top entrants to attend the event and to receive prizes.

The images reflect the breadth of the entries received, ranging from a heartwarming photo of disabled young athletes preparing for the Asean Para Games to a young Filipino's illustration of what harmony between countries means to him through his memories of a childhood friendship with someone of a different culture.

Indonesian Alland Dharmawan (the first-place winner) turned his lens on two children in Papua province, a group and a culture he says are often overlooked in bigger cities of Indonesia.

Third-place winner Filipino Allan Jay Quesada found a simple expression of the "Learning to Live Together" theme _ a smiling young girl holding a line of paper cutout figures, each dressed in distinctive ethnic garb from the different Asean countries.

This exhibition coincides with International Peace Day on Saturday, the theme of which is, appropriately, "Education for Peace".

'Learning to Live Together' will be at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre until Sunday. Visit www.unescobkk.org/education/news/article/learning-to-live-together-asia-pacific-exhibition.

An entry by Ghimire from Nepal.

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