Education Policy Matters!

February 2013 | Issue 13 | UNESCO Bangkok

February is a short month filled with several major activities including the EFA coordinators’ meeting and the regional thematic consultation on education in the post-2015 development agenda. Equity and quality learning have been subject to intense debate among policy makers and practitioners. A few publications with recommendations for the future of education and learning were launched. We also call for your participation in the "Six Word Slogan Competition" via our UNESCO Asia Pacific Twitter. Hurry to share your idea!

Highlight: Lifelong Learning

» Lifelong Learning: The Real Future of Education?
As we move closer to 2015, the deadline for the MDGs and the EFA goals, there is much discussion around the future of education. How can we strengthen education systems to ensure all people, regardless of age and location, are truly “lifelong learners”?

» TVET in the Context of Lifelong Learning
Technical and vocational education and training is increasingly seen from a lifelong learning perspective.  Technical skills, regularly updated, are increasingly valuable in a knowledge-intensive economy, in fact perhaps even more so than paper qualification.

» Lifelong Learning Underpins Central Asian Symposium
With scattered populations across vast territories, numerous national languages and scripts and a strong culture of nomadic traditions, ICTs can play an important role in and promoting universal access to quality learning in countries of Central Asia. 

News and Events

» UNESCO to Strengthen Education Quality Monitoring in the Region
To develop a regional network for education quality monitoring, UNESCO Bangkok will host a meeting on 27-28 March 2013. The meeting aims to help provide a regional platform for knowledge sharing on monitoring educational quality.

» UNESCO-Bangkok Director: Power of Ideas to Change the World
" I would say that education is the source of ideas. Ideas shape our life and education shapes ideas. That is the vision I have and I hope that in my role, I can help contribute to improving education policy and practice in our Member States," said Gwang-Jo Kim.

» Win a Tablet Computer in 6 Words or Less!
UNESCO Bangkok is inviting all who reside in the Asia and Pacific region to join the "Six-word Slogan Competition" by completing this slogan “In the future, education …”   Deadline of submission is 3 March 2013 (12 noon Bangkok time). 

» UNESCO-TDRI Seminar on Improving the Quality of Education
The importance of the “21st century skills” was stressed as one of the critical elements in revamping curriculum and assessment system at the recent UNESCO-TDRI seminar where policy options for reform of curriculum and assessment in Thailand was also discussed. 

» UNESCO Jakarta Empowered Youth on the Post 2015 Agenda
Indonesian youth engaged in a 5-day programme including a training on youth-led Initiatives and civic engagement, research-based discussion on youth policies in Indonesia and a consultation on the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda.


Food for Thought

"Learning throughout life… is both a way of organizing education and a philosophy of education; not a preparation for life but life itself…”» source


This document captures the key points of discussion during the high-level expert meeting in November 2012.» more

This report presents recommendations from Phase I of the Learning Metrics Task Force project » more

These Guidelines aim to help member states in developing a national RVA system for learning outcomes» more

Online Resources

• Education Beyond 2015
• ELLI Portal
• CLI Portal

Our Networks

UNESCO encourages you to keep connected through:

• UNESCO AP Twitter
• The World We Want 2015

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