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CONFINTEA VI Regional Follow-up Meeting in Asia and the Pacific


 The CONFINTEA VI Regional Follow-up Meeting in Asia and the Pacific was held on 18 October 2013 in Jecheon City, Republic of Korea. Four years after the sixth conference on adult education, this regional meeting took stock of the Belém Framework for Action. The conference was an excellent opportunity to reflect on all the recent developments in adult learning and education in the Asia-Pacific region. The objectives of the meeting were: (1) to discuss and debate innovative approaches in implementing the Belém Framework for Action, and; (2) to develop action points for Asia and the Pacific with a view to develop comprehensive, inclusive and strategic adult education policy approaches within a lifelong learning perspective; expand the provision of diversified learning opportunities to assure inclusion and participation and increase regional cooperation.  During the meeting, a regional action plan was drafted and circulated to Ministers of Education in the region.

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Expert Symposium for Sustainable Lifelong Learning Cities in Asia Pacific

- Lifelong Learning and Unemployed Youth in Cities - 

Changwon, Republic of Korea, 10 June, 2013

On 10 June 2013, the Expert Symposium for Sustainable Lifelong Learning Cities in Asia Pacific was held at the newly built city icon “Marine Solar Tower” in Changwon City, Republic of Korea.

The symposium was a collaborative effort between Changwon City, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) and UNESCO Bangkok.

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Regional Consultation Workshop on Developing Literacy through Mobile Phones: Empowering Women and Girls

 The Regional Consultation Workshop on Developing Literacy through Mobile Phones: Empowering Women and Girls was held on 27- 28 November 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.  The meeting aimed to promote discussion and knowledge-sharing related to successful literacy initiatives in Asia which target women and girls through the use of mobile devices and ICT, raising awareness of the potential for mobile learning to help achieve Education for All goals.  The workshop brought together subject-matter experts, government and NGO representatives, and case study authors who provided recommendations that will be incorporated into a comprehensive regional review in 2013.  This workshop was led by the Division of Teacher Development and Higher Education of UNESCO HQ and supported by UNESCO Bangkok. 

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Capacity Development on Literacy and NFE Programmes in Mae Hong Son


Due to the limited number of learning materials available on life skills in Mae Hong Son, UNESCO was requested to assist in materials development.  In close cooperation with the Provincial Ministry of Education, UNESCO helped design and edit life skills materials in Thai and English to suit the local context. The materials were printed and disseminated to community learning centres (CLCs) and schools throughout the province. As part of the project, 2014 calendars advocating children’s health and “happy notebooks” on learning to live together are also being disseminated nationwide. 

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All Children Reading Asia Regional Workshop


The All Children Reading Asia Regional Workshop was held on 17-20 September 2012 in Bangkok. The event was jointly organized by the Global Partnership for Education, AusAID, DfID, USAID and UNESCO Bangkok. The Asia regional workshop aimed to initiate concrete planning and rapid action to improve early-grade reading skills. It reflected GPE’s commitment to cut in half the number of non-readers in 20 countries within a period of 5 years. More than 150 participants attended, representing Ministries of Education, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and donor partners from the region. All participating countries developed national action plans.

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Regional and country activities 2010-2011

Lifelong learning and continuous employability 

An expert meeting on lifelong learning and continuous employability was held with 10 experts from 6 countries and regions: Republic of Korea, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. The objective of the meeting was to design a research on lifelong learning and continuous employability. The research is to address how an individual could continuously improve professional skills and values linked to employability, and how the state and private sectors can plan their roles as a provider. The research design was completed and the research is expected to start in some countries in 2012.


Youth Empowerment 

In May 2011, 150 youths were invited to attend the 2 day Youth Empowerment Workshop in Chang Rai, Thailand. They had a chance to meet a professional coach who is an inspirational speaker and an author of the national bestselling books. Her coaching approaches are well adapted for Asian audiences while sharing similar approaches of world famous coaches and mentors such as Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Steven Covey, Dalai Rama, and Dale Carnegie. 2 days were spent for youth to look into their strength and competencies, learn how to keep confidence, and recognize the global and local trends.


Regional Handbook on Life Skills 

A regional handbook on Life skill has been developed. The handbook has its overview of life skills though NFE and practical modules on how to integrate life skills in NFE.


Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 119 p.

ISBN 978-92-9223-423-2 (Print Version)

ISBN 978-92-9223-424-9 (Electronic version)

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