Education Policy Matters!

March 2015 | Issue 38 | UNESCO Bangkok

To celebrate International Women’s Day, our March edition focuses on girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). While this has become an increasingly prominent topic across the globe, little is known about girls and women in STEM in this region. We share the highlights from our special event entitled “A Night under the Stars” to launch our new report on this subject, as well as the voices of successful women in STEM, some key facts and inspiring videos.

Highlight: Girls and Women in STEM

» “A Night under the Stars” Report Launch Event 
To celebrate the launch of our new report – A Complex Formula. Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia – UNESCO Bangkok held a special event “A Night under the Stars”, which included a panel discussion with successful women in STEM.

»  Successful Women in STEM Share their Dreams
What are the factors that inspire women to pursue further study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields? Four women from the Asia-Pacific share their unique perspectives, successes and challenges of working in STEM.

» 10 Facts about Girls and Women in STEM in Asia
What factors might be influencing the low participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Asia? How can we attract more girls and women into these fields? Our new report – A Complex Formula – explores these questions.

News and Events

» NEQMAP Workshop on Assessment Design and Development
The Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP) organized its workshop on the design and development of large-scale learning assessments, providing a unique opportunity for capacity development through discussion and practical exercises.

» Changes Young People Want in Education: Indonesia
 “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 Indonesia said. 

» The Way forward in Designing Learning Assessments 
Prof. Jim Tognolini from Pearson, who served as facilitator for NEQMAP’s latest workshop, shares his views on the issues faced by developing countries in designing large-scale assessment programmes, assessment of transversal skills, and possible ways to address them. 

» Myanmar: TVET as Key to Educational Opportunities for All 
What are the latest developments in education and training in Myanmar? Who are the key TVET players? What are the challenges and opportunities for skills development in the country? Robyn Jackson, TVET Specialist at UNESCO Yangon Office shares her insight into Myanmar’s TVET system.  

» Asia Pacific Regional Review of Status and Rights of Teachers
The Regional Meeting presents the findings of the review on status and rights of teachers in 8 participating countries -- Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri-Lanka, Mongolia, Pakistan and South Korea. The analysis of each country’s education systems and teacher policies was also discussed.


Food for Thought


“It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom” – Albert Einstein


TVET Conference 2015

Making Skills Development Works for the Future


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

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills, published by OECD

Online Resources

• NEQMAP-2nd Workshop
• EdWeek Blog
• Pearson Assessments

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