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National Qualifications Frameworks for Lifelong Learning and Skills Development

CLC Regional Conference 19-21 June 2013, Bangkok, Thailand


With the theme National Qualifications Frameworks for Lifelong Learning and Skills Development, this year’s Regional Conference on Community Learning Centres (CLCs) brought together more than 500 regional experts, policymakers, educationalists, Ministry officials, researchers, civil society representatives and other stakeholders from 25 countries. Participants shared experiences and deliberated on the linkages and mutually supportive aspects of CLCs, national qualifications frameworks (NQFs), lifelong learning and skills development. 

The conference featured examples of effective national and regional qualifications frameworks that support lifelong learning and skills development. As well, there were presentations on successful country experiences in using CLCs as a delivery mechanism for lifelong learning. Global and regional trends on youth, employment and skills development were also identified. On the third day of the conference, the Thailand Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE), organised a study visit to local CLCs.

Report Table
Day 1 National Qualifications Frameworks for Lifelong Learning
8:00 - 9:00Registration  
9:00 – 9:30
Opening Session
Welcome Remarks Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim
Director, UNESCO Bangkok
Remarks Mr. Hiroaki Motomura, Assistant Director-General for International Affairs, Office of the Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan
Remarks Mr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Opening Speech Her Excellency Chaveewan Klungsan
Vice Minister of Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand
9:30 – 9:45 Group Photo (Thai Guests of Honor, Japanese Officials, International Participants)
9:45 – 10:15
Coffee Break
10:15 – 10:35 Objectives of the Conference Mr. Ichiro Miyazawa, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Bangkok
10:35- 11:05
Keynote Speech
National Qualifications Frameworks for Lifelong Learning Dr. Patrick Werquin, Professor, CNAM, France Former Senior Economist, OECD Directorate for Education
11:05 – 12:30
Session 1

National Qualifications Framework: What is it and how it functions
Facilitator: Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO New Delhi
Australia Case Mr. Adam Luckhurst, General Manager, Tertiary Quality and Student Support Division, Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Malaysia Case Mr. Muhammad Omar, Acting Director, Coordination and Quality Assurance Reference Division, Malaysian Qualifications Agency
12:30 – 13:30
Lunch
13:30 – 15:00
Session 2

Regional Qualifications Framework
Facilitator: Prof. Peter Kell, Professor, Charles Darwin University, Australia
The European Qualifications Framework: Cooperation between Portugal and the EU Ms. Susana Orviera, Project Director, Kerigma Association for Social Development
ASEAN Qualifications Framework Ms. Megawati Santoso, Vice-Chair, Task Force on ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework
15:00- 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00
Session 3

National Policy on Qualifications Framework
Facilitator: Mr. Ehsanur Rahman, Executive Director, Dhaka Ahsania Mission
Philippines Ms. Irene Isaac, Deputy Director General for Sectoral TVET, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
Thailand Dr. Sasithara Pichaichannarong, Secretary-General, Office of the Education Council, Ministry of Education, Thailand
18:30 Sapphire 203 Room, IMPACT Forum Building
Welcome Dinner for International Participants
Hosted by the Thai National Commission for UNESCO
Day 2 National Qualifications Framework and Skills Development
9:00-10:30
Session 4

Global and Regional Policies and Recommendations
Facilitator: Ms. Tomoko Shibao, Deputy Director, Programme Department, ACCU, Japan
UNESCO Policy on Recognition, Validation and Accreditation Ms. Carolyn Medel-Añonuevo, Deputy Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Promoting Lifelong Learning for All:
Introduction to Lifelong Learning for All: SEAMEO CELLL Advocacy Brief
Mr. Le Huy Lam, Interim Director, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL)
10:30-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-12:30
Session 5

Global Trends on Youth, Employment and Skills Development
Facilitator: Ms. Dian Zhang
Be Skilled, BE Employed, Be the Change Generation Ms. Virginia Pontarolo, Digital Strategist, Peace Child International
Youth and Employment: Global Report 2013 Mr. Matthieu Cognac, Youth Employment Specialist, Regional Programmes and Projects, ILO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
12:30 – 13:30
Lunch
13:30 – 15:00
Session 6

Developing Skills: Connecting Formal, Informal and Non-Formal Programmes
Facilitator: Ms. Raquel D Castillo, Advocacy and Campaigns Adviser
Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
Hong Kong Dr. Eric Tsang, Associate Director, UNESCO-UNEVOC Hong Kong
Korea Dr. Dong-Im Lee, Senior Research Fellow, Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00
Session 7

CLCs as a Delivery Mechanism for Lifelong Learning
Facilitator: Mr. Abdul Hakeem, APPEAL Coordinator, UNESCO Bangkok
Thailand Dr. Sombat Suwanpitak, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Secretary General, Thailand National Commission for UNESCO
Indonesia Mr. Buhai Simanjuntak, Advisor of Indonesian Community Learning Centre
17:00 – 17:30

Closing Session
The Way Forward: Recommendations and Future Action Points Dr. Patrick Werquin, Professor, CNAM, France
Announcement of CLC and ESD Conference 2014 in Okayama Prof. Hirofumi Abe and Ms. Miki Konishi, Executive Committee for "Kominan/CLC Conference and UNESCO World Conference on ESD Promotion Bureau, Okayama City
Remarks TBC, Permanent Secretary, Thai National Commission for UNESCO
Vote of Thanks Mr. Abdul Hakeem, APPEAL Coordinator, UNESCO Bangkok
Day 3 Study Visit

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