Education Policy Matters!

December 2012 | Issue 11 | UNESCO Bangkok

Before the year end, various important events were held to review the progress of internationally-agreed development goals, to discuss the future of education and learning and to pave the ways for education development and cooperation beyond 2015. Youth and skills development have been at the centre of concerns and discussions. This issue highlights the outcomes of the second high-level regional expert meeting on "Education Beyond 2015" and presents related activities, publications and resources. For further improvement of our e-newsletters in 2013, we include an online questionnaire for your feedback. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you every success and happiness in the coming New Year!

Highlight: Education Beyond 2015

Rethinking Learning for the Future in the Asia-Pacific 

Education systems for the future must equip young people with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to function in rapidly changing societies and labour markets, a high-level regional expert meeting discussed. » Read the full story

Beyond 2015 – Education for the Future

UNESCO Bangkok, Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, has been active to stimulate region-wide reflections and consultations on the future of education and the post-2015 agenda through a series of regional dialogues and research activities. » Read the full story

We’re All in this Together: Generations Serving Generations

Jane Angelis from Generations Serving Generations and Christopher Foulkes from UNESCO Bangkok share their view on the role of older generations in education today and in the future as well as their perspectives on learning to live together. » Read the full story

News and Events

Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNESCO and UNICEF regional offices will organize a regional thematic consultation on "Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda" from 28 February to 1 March 2013 in Bangkok. Confirmation for participation is open until 15 January 2013 » Read the full story

Putting Skills to Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

The International Forum on Skills organized by ADB was a timely event for UNESCO to share findings of the EFA Global Monitoring Report on youth and skills and discuss effective policies and strategies for skills development in the region. » Read the full story

Make a Choice that’s Right for You 

Panyapiwat Technological College in Thailand is a good example of school-to-work transition; their students enjoy technical and vocational education and gain real work experiences and income from hands on training. » Read the full story

First Policy Review Workshop in Non-Formal Education

Stakeholders from the Ministry of Education including sub-national departments of education, NGOs and communities discuss the policy issues and challenges facing non-formal education in Cambodia » Read the full story

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Food for Thought

"Education is the single best investment nations can make to build prosperous, healthy and equitable societies. Education unleashes potential in the individual and society to solve the problems of today, address the challenges of tomorrow and live in a world free of poverty." 
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Martin Westwell's Presentation at UNESCO meeting on Beyond 2015: Rethinking Learning in a Changing World » more

This report was created by an independent editorial group comprising 12-young people from around the world.» more

UIS's 2012 Global Education Digest Report has a core emphasis on dropout rates and grade repetitions.» more

Online Resources

 Education Beyond 2015  
 NESPAP e-Resources
• The Learning Curve
• The World We Want

Our Networks

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 GMR2013 Online Consultation
 Global Thematic Consultation
 UNEVOC e-Forum
• UNESCO-Education in AP 



Education Policy and Reform Unit

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the articles of this newsletter are those of the authors and editors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of UNESCO. All rights remain with the respective copyright owners, as indicated for each resource.