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Towards EFA 2015 and Beyond

"Shaping a New Vision for Education"

Background and Objectives

UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, in co-operation with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and UNICEF Regional Offices, held a high level regional expert meeting on the post-2015 education agenda for the region (Bangkok, 9-11 May 2011). The meeting brought together renowned regional experts and professionals in education policy and research. 

The overall aim of the meeting was to initiate discussions on developing a new vision for education in the region and beyond and create partnerships and networks which will work jointly with UNESCO in pursuit of this goal. It also identified research and analytical work to be undertaken and developed recommendations on the way forward for a regional post-2015 education agenda.

Specifically, the objectives of the meeting were to: 

  • share information on the region’s progress under the EFA agenda and identify areas for future focus; 
  • take stock of global and regional processes of consultation, dialogue and research initiated to support the development of a post-2015 education agenda;
  • discuss emerging regional development trends and identify their implications for education and learning within Asia and the Pacific; 
  • examine the relevance of the four pillars of learning[1] as a means of conceptualizing education in light of the changes underway; and
  • formulate recommendations on the way forward towards the identification of the regional education priorities, including on areas of analytical work and forward-looking research and the role and contribution of regional research and development partners in this process. 

In meeting identified several key messages. Some are presented below, with further finalised recommendations forthcoming: 

Key Messages:

1)  EFA remains an unfinished agenda in the region. Meeting the EFA goals requires strengthened efforts to address persistent disparities in the region;

2) EFA is of continued relevance, yet there is need to go beyond current EFA goals. Learning, equity and quality of education, including a focus on teachers and skills development must feature prominently in any future education development agenda;

3) Broader socio-economic development and challenges must also be clearly reflected in discussions on the future of education, and;

4) There must be both an education-specific development agenda beyond 2015 and explicit reference to education in all global agendas, given the fundamental role of education in advancing human development.



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