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About the Conference

Based in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand, the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) has organized a series of international conferences since 1995 to provide a forum for policy dialogue, and information and knowledge sharing on development-oriented education innovations and exemplary practices in and beyond the Asia-Pacific region.

This year, the objectives of the 16th UNESCO-APEID International Conference are to:

  • Increase understanding and knowledge of the concept of learning in general, and learning to live together in particular;

  • Showcase and promote innovative and educational approaches, projects and practices that enhance learning to live together;

  • Encourage national, regional and global collaboration across all sectors and levels to improve learning to live together; and

  • Facilitate networking and exchange of experiences among policy makers, researchers, educators, administrators, youth and private sector personnel.

Eminent speakers and paper presenters will share their rich experiences in linking theory to practice. Policy makers, educators, academicians, researchers, representatives from the private sector will be able to examine the broad concepts of learning, linkages between learning and social development, and the policies, tools and resources available. Participants are encouraged to discover how they can optimize their knowledge to enhance the desire and ability to learn, and to learn appropriately and gainfully for the benefit of society. 

Sub-themes of the Conference

I. Paradigms of learning to live together

  •  Delineating contemporary theories of learning

  • Researching the context, content and mechanics of learning

  • Reviewing intercultural and inclusive education for learning to live together

  • Monitoring and assessing practices and outcomes to enhance learning to live together

II. Innovative practices of learning to live together

  • Identifying innovative pedagogies, technologies and tools for learning to live together

  • Promoting innovative practices in intercultural and inclusive education

  • Enhancing professional development of teachers

  • Designing environments and resources to promote learning to live together

III.     Collaboration and learning communities

  • Strengthening collaboration in teaching and learning about universal human core values

  • Enhancing traditional and non-traditional schooling of the future

  • Developing intercultural and inclusive education for mutual understanding and peaceful exchanges

  • Encouraging peaceful resolution of conflicts through learning to live together

IV.    Policies and instruments for learning to live together

  • Formulating policies and institutional frameworks to promote learning to live together

  • Strengthening leadership in learning for social development

  • Devising financing and partnership models and mechanisms which promote learning to live together

  • Designing indicators and measurement tools to assess non-cognitive learning outcomes

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Who should attend the Conference?

Anyone who is interested in discussing how education in general and learning in particular can contribute to a more humanistic, harmonious and sustainable living is welcome to attend the Conference, such as:

  • Members of National Commissions of UNESCO

  • Members of APEID Associated Centres and networks

  • Representatives of UNESCO and United Nations affiliate groups

  • Education ministers, policy makers and planners

  • Principals, leaders and administrators of educational institutions

  • Teachers, educators and trainers

  • Researchers and academicians

  • Students and representatives from youth groups

  • Representatives from international and non-government organizations and associations

  • Representatives from community and indigenous organizations

  • Representatives from business, industry and training organizations


Previous UNESCO-APEID Conference themes

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

2003:   Educational Innovations for Development in Asia and the Pacific

2006:   Learning Together for Tomorrow: Education for Sustainable Development

2007:   Reinventing Higher Education: Toward Participatory and Sustainable Development

2009:   Quality Innovations for Teaching and Learning (postponed from 2008)

2009:   ICT Transforming Education

2010:   Education for Human Resource Development

2011:   Inspiring Education: Creativity and Entrepreneurship