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The 2015 target year for both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals is fast approaching. The UN Secretary-General launched, on 27 September 2012, a new landmark global initiative Education First with three priorities in the next five year: putting every child in school, improving the quality of learning and fostering global citizenship.

In this context, UNESCO Bangkok (Asia-Pacific Bureau for Education) has organized series of high-level expert meetings such as the meeting on Towards EFA 2015 and Beyond: Shaping a New Vision for Education, bringing together leading experts to discuss the future of learning.

Improving learning – not just education - is increasingly recognized as critical to development and better life.  It must be recognized that perspectives on “learning” - what it is, what it should include and how it should be delivered, vary across cultures, disciplines and age-groups.

Apart from inputs of renowned educationists, learning scientists, and economists from across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond to engage in a multi-disciplinary dialogue on learning, it’s also critical that the voice of young people be reflected in the discussion on and shaping of the future of learning and subsequently in the debate on the education goals and strategies beyond 2015.

To encourage youth involvement, since 2012 series of e-contests has been launched with different themes:

• Better Learning Better Life, 2012 

• Learning to Live Together, 2013

• Skills for a Better Life, 2013