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Education system profiles unveiled

20.01.2012

On 21 December 2011 UNESCO Bangkok unveiled its first batch of online Asia-Pacific “Education System Profiles”.

The Education System Profiles, launched by UNESCO Director, Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, provide readily accessible information and data on the education systems of 15 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

According to Mr Kim, it is hoped that the Profiles will provide a tool to help identify the key challenges and priorities in education development across different countries of the region. 

“While many descriptive documents can be found that summarise the structural elements of education systems, it is our hope that these profiles could go one step further – not only providing a point of reference for key statistics and systemic features, but also providing substantive analysis on development challenges and policy priorities.” 

At present, the Education System Profiles cover 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Viet Nam. They remain online working documents with further refinement to come. 

It is hoped that the profiles will in time pan the entire Asia-Pacific region to reflect policy developments and circumstances at national levels. 

“Providing Education System Profiles for the Asia-Pacific region will be a challenge and indeed, there is much to be done in the New Year, but we look forward to building a greater knowledgebase on education systems in the region as we continue to support our Member States in their educational policy planning and reform”, asserted Mr. Kim at the launch.

The Education Policy and Reform (EPR) Unit of UNESCO Bangkok will continue to build on the Education System Profiles in 2012. They would like to especially acknowledge support from the Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust (KFIT) for providing support for this initiative.  

For more information, please contact: Mr Gwang-Chol Chang, Chief, EPR Unit (gc.chang@unesco.org) or Ms Kate Glazebrook (k.glazebrook@unesco.org).