Education Policy Matters!

October 2013 | Issue 21 | UNESCO Bangkok

This month, our highlight 'Transforming Teaching and Learning' coincides with the celebration of World Teachers' Day (5 October). Other than a regional high-level expert meeting held to share the findings of country studies on pedagogical approaches beyond 2015, we also discuss the role of teachers in influencing career choices of students. Other regional events such as ERI-Net annual meeting and UNESCO-RCP workshop highlighted the importance of the holistic development of students and the teaching of transferable skills in TVET. Last but not least, don't miss the chance to submit your entries for the "Skills for a Better Life" e-Contest.


» Expert Meeting: Quality Pedagogy for the Future
Experts discussed challenges and constraints about transforming teaching and learning for the future and shared common understandings on emerging pedagogical approaches in the Asia-Pacific region, calling for collective efforts and collaboration among stakeholders.

» Expert Views: Goal/Indicator-Setting Beyond 2015
Two experts commented on the current goal-setting and indicator development process of education in the post-2015 agenda and provided considerations on formulating education goals and indicators, such as collecting data beyond those currently available to better capture quality dimensions of education.

» Regional Perspective on Transferable Skills in TVET 
How far are transferable skills defined in national TVET policies and implemented in practice? This is a key question discussed at the UNESCO-RCP workshop on transferable skills in TVET which took place on 26th October 2013 in Shanghai, China. 

» Students' Career Perspectives: What Role do Teachers Play?
Educational practices can have a great impact on career choices of students. From a gender perspective, initial findings from a multi-country study indicate that teachers play a significant role in harnessing the potential of both girls and boys in the world of work.

News and Events

» Moving towards a Better and Higher Learning
At the 2013 ERI-Net annual meeting, case study presentations and discussions highlighted regional policy developments and practices designed to promote the holistic development of students, and to ensure a better transition from secondary to higher education.

» "Skills for a Better Life" E-contest: Deadline Extended!
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 extended to 15 December 2013.

» Corruption in the Education Sector
Corruption and poor governance constitute a major impediment to realizing the right to education, achieving government commitments on Education for All (EFA) by 2015 and beyond 2015, according to a recent report.

» UNESCO Convenes Policy and Legislative Meeting in Myanmar
As Myanmar presses ahead with a comprehensive review of its education sector, a recent consultation meeting in Yangon provided valuable recommendations and insights for education policy and legislative reforms.

» Professional Capacity Development is Key Investment
A group of participants from the Thai education sector successfully completed a one-year training course on Education Sector Planning with UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning and shared their views on Thailand’s education system.

» 2030–What Happens When There’s Nobody at the Blackboard?
On World Teachers’ Day, UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, stressed the essential role of teachers around the world. “Since teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all;” she said. 


Food for Thought

"As our conceptions of learning change, so must our understanding of how to manage learning." Looking into Learning-Centered Classrooms: Implications for Classroom Management by Carolyn Evertson and Kristen Neal



UNESCO ICT Compentency Framework for Teachers: This framework aims to help countries develop comprehensive national teacher ICT competency policies and standards.

Fostering Learning Communities Among Teachers: Professional learning communities in schools have the potential to provide school-wide, ongoing support within the teacher’s own context.

Malaysia Education Policy Review: Abridged Report, prepared for the Government of Malaysia by a review team led by UNESCO.


Extended Deadline: 15 December 2013

Online Resources

• Education Beyond 2015
• IIEP-Teacher Codes
• Teachers for EFA
• TVET Asia

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