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UNESCO-KEDI Seminar 2011

'Towards Quality Learning for All in Asia and the Pacific'

Seminar details

Title "Towards Quality Learning for All in Asia and the Pacific"

Dates - 28-30 July 2011 

Location - Seoul, Republic of Korea


The 2011 seminar brought together 49 people representing member states (Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Republic of Korea), research institutes or universities in the Asia-Pacific region (China Institute for Education Finance Research, National University of Educational Planning and Administration of India, Meiktila University in Myanmar, Chungju National University in Republic of Korea, ChonBuk National University in Republic of Korea and Korean Education Development Institute) and international organizations (UNESCO, UNICEF, Fast Track Initiative, OECD, Task Force on Teachers for EFA Secretariat).

Background to the theme of the seminar

The Asia-Pacific is a vast and diverse region covering over 40 countries, ranging from the most populous countries in the world to small Pacific islands. Over the past decade, the region has made tremendous progress in getting children into school with net enrolment rates in primary education in 2009 exceeding 90% (UNESCO Bangkok, 2011). Several governments have shown a strong political commitment toward including all children and achieving universal basic education. Many countries have also further expanded their post-basic education, and some have already achieved universal secondary education. 

However, there are growing concerns across the region that goal six of the Education for All (EFA) goals continues to be comparatively overlooked and improperly addressed by governments and the international community alike. Goal six commits all countries to improve all aspects of the quality of education. Further progress to complete the EFA agenda by 2015 will require an urgent response, especially in regard to the measures and actions for improving education quality.

In continuation of the tradition of the UNESCO-KEDI annual seminar, this year's seminar focuses on a specific theme that most countries in the region are confronted with: how to ensure quality learning for students. While there are wide differences in the understanding of the concept of education quality, and thus the measures that can be undertaken to improve quality, the seminar will focus on two main enabling factors: educational personnel and financing structures. 

More specifically, the seminar seeks the answers to the question: what teacher management and financing processes enable improved student learning, and thus increase education quality? In addition, the seminar discussed how to strengthen international cooperation in support of quality improvement, thereby providing useful inputs for the Fourth High Level Forum on aid effectiveness which took place in Busan, Republic of Korea in November 2011.

Objectives of the Seminar

  • To facilitate the sharing of experiences, knowledge and best practices of national policies to improve the quality of student learning, particularly in the areas of teacher management and education financing;
  • To identify the emerging trends in and policy responses to teacher and school management, and education financing for quality student learning;
  • To strengthen the regional cooperation in pursuit of EFA goal 6 of education quality;
  • To identify the possible areas for improving aid effectiveness in support of quality education in Asia and the Pacific. 

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