Education Policy Matters!

January 2015 | Issue 36 | UNESCO Bangkok

Welcome to the first edition of Education Policy Matters for 2015! In this edition we start afresh by focusing on innovation in education. As progress to get all children in school stagnates and as the 2015 Education for All deadline approaches, innovation in education becomes critical. In this issue, we learn what start ups, social enterprises and UNESCO colleagues think about innovation in education and regional initiatives in the lead up to 2015. Happy reading!

Highlight: Innovation in Education

» Our Hopes for Education and the Role of Innovation
UNESCO contributes greatly to education development across the word. In this interview, UNESCO Bangkok colleagues discuss openly the importance of innovation in education and creative solutions to improve educational opportunities for all.

» ‘Magical Explainer Videos’ to Enrich Learning
Co-Founder and “fussball captain” at Minute Videos, a tech startup providing animated educational videos, shares his thoughts on the Thai education system and the future of education.

» Visually Impaired Students Receive Creative Learning Tools
Founder and CEO of Klongdinsor, a social enterprise creating educational resource for the blind, shares his creative ideas and visions for the future of education.

News and Events

» Changes Young People Want in Education: Philippines & Korea
If you were the head of government, what changes would you make about education in your country?” We asked this question to young people in Asia and the Pacific. In this issue, let’s see what youths from the Philippines and the Republic of Korea said.

» Design of Large-scale Learning Assessments Workshop 
NEQMAP will organize a capacity development workshop on “Design and Development of Large-Scale Learning Assessments” in Bangkok on 16-20 March. The workshop focuses on the technical aspects of developing learning assessments.

» Innovative Citizen-led ASER Survey in Its 10th Year in India
Pratham celebrated the release of the findings of its tenth citizen-led, large-scale Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey on basic learning assessments of reading and arithmetic for children, conducted in almost every rural district in India.

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Online Survey

How can we make schools happier places? You tell us!


A Complex Formula: Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia

Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children

Innovative Financing for Out-of-School Children and Youth

Online Resources

• Education Statistics
• Sustainable Development
  Knowledge Platform
• Simulations for Equity
  in Education

Our Networks

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