Education Policy Matters!

February 2015 | Issue 37 | UNESCO Bangkok

21st century skills, life skills, transferable skills, non-cognitive skills. Though the terminology is contested, it is clear that there is increasing emphasis on moving beyond the academic aspects of learning (e.g. literacy, numeracy, sciences).  This is to ensure that learners can think critically, respect and cooperate with others, communicate effectively, and contribute meaningfully to the world has become a core priority. This month, we highlight work on this area of “transversal” skills and competencies.

Highlight: Transversal Skills/Competencies

» ERI-Net Continues Its Work to Promote Holistic Learning
In order to flourish in this rapidly changing world, what skills and competencies must learners acquire? To answer this very complex question, ERI-Net continues its effort to understand the application of transversal competencies in Asia-Pacific education systems.

» Making Transversal Skills a Reality in TVET -- A Study
How to teach and assess transversal skills in technical and vocational education and training (TVET)? This is the main questions posed in the latest study conducted by UNESCO Bangkok. 

» GCED Must be Placed at the Centre of Education Systems
"How to build solidarity with people you don’t know?" This question formed the basis of the discussions at the Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in support of the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative.       

News and Events

» “A Night under the Stars”: Launch Event of a New Report 
On the evening of 9 March, UNESCO Bangkok will launch its new report “A Complex Formula” with a panel discussion of successful women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics followed by star gazing in Bangkok Planetarium.

» UNESCO-OECD Team Reviews Education Policy in Thailand
A team of 10 experts from UNESCO and OECD gathered in Bangkok on 10-19 February to conduct the Thailand Education Policy Review, requested by Thai Government. Key stakeholders were engaged from across the country; the subtleties and implementation of the policies were discussed.

» Changes Young People Want in Education: Viet Nam
 “If you were the head of government, what changes would you make about education in your country?” We asked this question to young people between 15 and 29 years old in Asia and the Pacific. In this issue, let’s see what youths from Viet Nam said.

» Kobe University-UNESCO Project on Improving Education Finance
UNESCO Bangkok and Kobe University have drafted “Guidebook of Analytical Tools for Education Finance and Administration” in English, Lao, Khmer and Vietnamese since 2013, followed by workshops for government officials in their national languages in 2014 and 2015.

» Help the World Education Forum Find a Slogan
The Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) is running a twitter-based crowd sourcing competition for education partners to come up with a slogan for the World Education Forum 2015, to be held on 19-22 May 2015, in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Invitation: Readers are invited to provide feedback and to contribute links to relevant news, articles and publications for the next issues of our e-Newsletter by email to epr.bgk(at) 


TVET Conference 2015

Making Skills Development Works for the Future


ERI-Net Regional Policy Study Series Vol. 1: Transversal Competencies in Education Policy & Practice

Sharm El Sheikh Statement, adopted on 29 January 2015 by Arab ministers of education at the Arab Regional Conference for Education post-2015.

Kigali Statement, adopted on 11 February 2015 by Sub-Saharan Africa Ministers of Education at Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015

Online Resources

• Clearing House on GCED
• Life Long Learning Policies
• Arab State Regional Conference on Education Post 2015
• Asia-Pacific Regional Education Conference

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