A topic of increasing concern in the region, the highlight of this issue is transversal skills, often referred to as non-cognitive, 21st century or transferable skills and competencies. Also, we are pleased to present the outcomes of a regional consultation on education in the post-2015 development agenda. In addition, we would like to announce that the user guide for Education Policy and Strategy Simulation Model (EPSSim) has been published and is now available online. We hope you will make use of it to support hands-on learning experiences.
Highlight: Transversal Skills
» Mapping Transversal/Non-Cognitive Skills in Education
In today’s rapidly changing and interconnected world, the capacity to learn, keep on learning and be adaptable to change is critical. Many countries of the Asia-Pacific region are trying to promote “transversal” skills in education.
» Integrating "Zest for Living" in Japan Education Policies
“Zest for Living” was first introduced in the 1996s in response to growing concern over what was considered a highly competitive education system in Japan. To date, challenges remain: among others is lack of shared understanding among stakeholders.
» What Skills for the World of Work: Studies Discuss
Education serves to enhance one’s cognitive skills including literacy, numeracy, logic, scientific knowledge and ICT literacy. A large body of evidence suggests that transversal skills and competencies are increasingly in high demand for life and the world of work.
» Of Transferable Skills, Teachers and TVET
Given that recruitment and retention of high-quality TVET teachers is already a challenge in countries of the Asia-Pacific region, this emerging need for the integration of transferable skills in TVET programs is adding further complexity to TVET teacher policies.
News and Events
» Education Beyond 2015: Collective Voices from Asia-Pacific
Education post-2015 should guarantee equitable opportunities for all to take part in quality learning -- providing knowledge, skills, competencies and values for decent life and work, and inclusive and sustainable development -- the regional consultation concluded.
» Strengthening Education Policy through EPSSim
Education Policy and Strategy Simulation Model (EPSSim) has been adopted by dozens of countries across all regions and continues to serve as a planning and resource projection tool to improve national education systems. An updated User Guide is now available.
» UNESCO supports the development of Uzbekistan’s ESP
The first Education Sector Plan of Uzbekistan was drafted early this year. To support the revision and improvement of the Plan, UNESCO held a technical workshop for government officials from concerned Ministries.
» What are the Three Most Important Skills a Child should Learn?
Participants at a recent Asia-Pacific Regional Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda shared their views on what are the three most important skills young people should learn.