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Since 1995, UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in co-operation with the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI), have hosted annual policy seminars to discuss key issues affecting educational development in the region. Topics of the seminars have ranged from aid effectiveness in education to assessments to decentralisation. Click here or the links on the right-hand panel of this page for more information on past seminars.


2016 Seminar details

Title "Happy Schools for a Happy Education"

Dates -  11th-12th October 2016 

Location -  Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel

Participants - Participants will be selected from Member States in the Asia-Pacific region, with the aim of having each subregion represented. The Seminar is pleased to invite participants from the Ministry of Education, or related ministries, research institutes, universities, institutes and organizations as well as schools. Participants from the relevant Member States should meet one of the following requirements for the Seminar:

  • An official or researcher who has experience working on initiatives related to well-being and happiness in education policy and practice within the national education system.
  • An official or researcher who is deeply involved in socio-emotional learning and development and/or 21st Century skills/transversal competencies.
  • A school representative who is deeply involved in promoting well-being and happiness through promising and innovative practices at the school level.


Purpose and ObjectivesThe objectives for the 2016 UNESCO – KEDI regional seminar will be to:

  • Share UNESCO Bangkok’s Happy Schools Framework for learner well-being;
  • Share perspectives on opportunities and challenges for the framework to be operationalized in national policies and practices; and
  • Identify policy measures that can be taken by Member States in the Asia-Pacific region to implement the Happy Schools Framework.




Session: Frameworks and practices for Happy Education
Chair: Maki Hayashikawa, UNESCO Bangkok

Session: Happiness in Education Policies and Practices
Chair: Dr. Jinhee Kim, KEDI

  • Republic of Korea
    Kyung-Ae Kim, Director, Center for Free Semester Program, KEDI
  • Bhutan
    Kaka, Education Monitoring Officer, Ministry of Education
  • Japan
    Yume Shinobu Yamaguchi, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Session: Happiness in Education Policies and Practices (continued)
Chair: Maki Hayashikawa, UNESCO Bangkok

  • Indonesia
    Ninik Purwaning Setyorini, Chief of Curriculum Section, Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Kazakhstan
    Yuliya Kim, Teacher, International School Lyceum “Dostar”
  • Thailand
    Wongduan Suwansiri, Senior Academic Official, Ministry of Education
  • Vanuatu
    Pierre Doan Gambetta, National Coordinator of Basic Education,Ministry of Education and Training

Strategy Session: Developing Policy Recommendations for Implementing the Happy Schools Framework
Facilitators: Dr. Ju Hur, KEDI and Ramya Vivekanandan, UNESCO Bangkok




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