May 2015 is another remarkable month as various high-level educational conferences were held to discuss the post 2015 education development agenda and agree on new goals for regional and global education development. In this edition, we highlight a few flagship education conferences, namely the World Education Forum (WEF) in Incheon, the Republic of Korea; the International Conference on ICT for Education in Qingdao, China and the 48th SEAMEO Council Conference, in Chonburi, Thailand. Many more activities took place around the region in response to rapid changes and emerging requests and needs. Hope to keep you informed.
Highlight: Flagship Education Conferences
» The Declaration on the Future of Education - 21 May
At the World Education Forum in Incheon on 21 May, UNESCO led the global community in adopting the Incheon Declaration which will underpin the education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals, to be ratified at the United Nations in September 2015.
» Qingdao Declaration Promotes the Use of ICT in Education
The Qingdao Declaration was adopted at the International Conference on ICT in Education in China. As an immediate follow-up to the WEF, the declaration highlights how technology can be used to achieve educational targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
» Thailand Hosts 48th SEAMEO Council Conference
Education ministers in Southeast Asia gathered at the 48th SEAMEO Council Conference in Chonburi, Thailand. Ministerial discussion under the theme “SEAMEO in the Next Decade" focus on the seven priority areas of the SEAMEO Post-2015 Education Agenda.
News and Events
» KICE-UNESCO Collaboration: NEQMAP Workshop
Significant strides were made in collaboration between UNESCO Bangkok and the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) this month: an MOU was signed, followed by a jointly-organized NEQMAP Workshop on aligning curriculum and assessment.
» The Loose Loop between TVET & the Labour Market: Uzbekistan
Despite the rapid expansion of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Uzbekistan, graduate employability has increasingly become a challenge. Mr. Bakhtiyor Namazov from UNESCO Tashkent office shares his insights on the current state of TVET in Uzbekistan.
» Assessment of Pre-Service Teacher Training in Myanmar
Assessment on pedagogical practices and opportunities for practice teaching in Myanmar’s Education Colleges is conducted by UNESCO, aiming at providing actionable recommendations for the reform of the pre-service teacher education system in Myanmar.
» Statement from the UN in Thailand on the 2015 IDAHOT
On 17 May 2015: the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the UN agencies in Thailand recognized the progress Thailand has made in protecting the human rights and dignity of people of sexual diversity.
» UNESCO Education and Culture Experts to Assist Nepal
The recent earthquake in Nepal damaged over half of the schools in many districts and devastated various cultural and historical treasures. UNESO teams up with the development partners to support Nepal in Post-Disaster Needs Assessment.
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