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About the Conference

"Education for Sustainable Development is a vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future. It is more than acquiring knowledge and understanding issues, it is also about developing skills, values and perspectives"



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The Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), UNESCO Bangkok, is convening the 10th APEID International Conference in December 2006 to focus on Education for Sustainable Development. This conference, "Learning Together for Tomorrow: Education for Sustainable Development", emphasizes the importance of education to address pressing issues facing our society today, and in helping to find solutions to ensure a future that balances societal, economic, environmental and cultural needs. 

What is Education for Sustainable Development?
Education for Sustainable Development is a dynamic and expansive undertaking that envisions a world where every person has the chance to benefit from educational opportunities and to learn lifestyles, behaviours and values necessary to create a sustainable future.

What are the benefits of the Conference?
"Learning Together for Tomorrow" aims to promote the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), 2005-2014. UNESCO is the lead agency for the DESD in the Asia-Pacific region.

Participants of the Conference will include representatives from governments, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and local communities who will be able to:

  • Develop their understanding of the role of education in addressing sustainability in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Showcase their “Education for Sustainable Development in Action” examples and models.
  • Engage in collaborative Education for Sustainable Development programmes and activities.

While most participants who attend the conference come from UNESCO Member States of the Asia-Pacific Region, delegates from other countries and regions are also most welcome to particpate in this international conference on education.

The Conference will specifically focus on the following: 

Education for Sustainable Development in Education Systems

  • ESD to improve the quality of basic education
  • ESD curriculum reform in secondary schools
  • Technical and vocational education (TVE) and ESD
  • Higher education and ESD

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Essential Innovative Practices in ESD

  • Curriculum development
  • Innovative practices in ESD
  • Teacher education and training
  • Values in education

Systemic Requirements in ESD

  • Institutional reform and policy pertaining to ESD
  • Research and development on ESD
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Educational partnerships and outreach

Who should attend the Conference?

Anyone, who is interested in Education for Sustainable Development is welcome to attend the Conference. However, some of the identified groups who would particularly contribute to and benefit from the conference include:

  • Members of National Commissions of UNESCO in each country
  • Ministers and politicians
  • Senior education system administrators
  • Managers, teachers, lecturers and practitioners at grassroots levels of APEID Associated Centres
  • International, national and state education system policy-makers
  • Business and industry employer and training organizations
  • Researchers in education
  • Education union and professional association personnel
  • Principals, heads and leaders of educational institutions of all levels and sectors
  • Non-government organizations and associations
  • Teachers, educators and trainers
  • Community and indigenous organizations, both formal and non-formal
  • Representatives of UNESCO and United Nations affiliate groups
  • Young people

  The APEID Conference themes in recent years have included:

  • 1995: Partnerships in Teacher Development for a New Asia
  • 1996: Re-Engineering Education for Change: Educational Innovation for Development
  • 1997: Educational Innovation for Sustainable Development
  • 1998: Secondary Education and Youth at the Crossroads
  • 1999: Reforming Learning, Curriculum and Pedagogy: Innovative Visions for the New Century
  • 2000: Information Technologies and Educational Innovation for Development: Interfacing Global and Indigenous Knowledge
  • 2001: Using ICT for Quality in Teaching, Learning and Effective Management
  • 2002: Innovations in Secondary Education : Meeting the Needs of Adolescents and Youth in Asia and the Pacific