Education Policy Matters!

August 2013 | Issue 19 | UNESCO Bangkok

With the UNESCO-KEDI Seminar 2013 behind us, we would like to share the outcomes and reflections in this issue of Education Policy Matters! We would also like to share with you updates on NEQMAP and UNESCO’s work in Myanmar, while announcing an E-contest for youth, the “Learning to Live Together” exhibition and ITC-ILO training course. If you can, do get involved by publicizing and participating in these events.

Highlight: Education Development & Cooperation

» Collaboration for Education Development in the Asia-Pacific
UNESCO Bangkok and the Korean Educational Development Institute co-organized a Regional Policy Seminar on “Education Development & Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region: Shifting Dynamics, Increasing Collaboration” on 5-7 August 2013 in Bangkok.

» Building a Shared Vision: KEDI Official Speaks Out
Dr. Jong-Hyeok Yoon, Director-General of KEDI's Global Education Research Division shares his reflections on the highlights of UNESCO-KEDI Seminar 2013 and future priorities for education development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

» Equal Partnerships and the Peace Perspective in Education Cooperation
On the sidelines of UNESCO-KEDI Seminar 2013, we speak to Prof. Kazuo Kuroda of Waseda University about the changing landscape in education cooperation and the Asia-Pacific region’s contribution to the debate on education in the post-2015 development agenda

News and Events

» Skills for a Better Life: an E-contest for Youth!
All young people and teachers residing in Asia and the Pacific are invited to submit their video/film or written article to share their thoughts on the theme “Skills for a Better Life”. Deadline for submission is 30 September 2013.

» "Learning to Live Together" Asia-Pacific Exhibition
Top submissions from the “Learning to Live Together” Image competition will be exhibited at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre from 17 to 22 September 2013. The winner of the competition will also be announced at the exhibition launch on 17 September 2013.

» NEQMAP Steering Group to Convene in September
The Steering Group of the Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP) will come together in a meeting at UNESCO Bangkok on 20 September 2013 in order to make key decisions regarding the activities to be undertaken by the network in the coming year.

» ITC-ILO Training opens for Planners and Decision Makers
A course on "Career Guidance Policy and Practice: A strategic tool for Planners and Decision Makers in Employment, Education and Training" will be organized at the ILO's Training Centre in Turin, Italy on 21-25 October 2013. Application Deadline: 16 September 2013.

» UNESCO Supports Myanmar in Policy and Legislation Analysis
International experts and staff of UNESCO Bangkok undertook a mission to Myanmar to work closely with national counterparts on the policy, legislation, management and financing (PLMF) component of the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR).

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Food for Thought

"It is clear that education is no longer a national issue, it needs to be in the international agenda. Let’s think about: How can we ensure that in collaborating, everybody ‘wins’?" -- Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Bangkok



Education and Development: Challenges and Opportunities: This report summarizes the proceedings and some key conclusions on the global opportunities and challenges in education and development for future EU actions.

Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: The outcome of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Republic of Korea, in 2011. 

Learning Metrics Task Force: Phase III Consultation Results: This document presents the results of the public consultation around the LMTF’s Implementation Working Group’s guide on measuring learning at the national level and other issues.

Online Resources

• ATC21S
• Education System Profiles 
• INESM Portal

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