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The publications and reports gathered on this page were published within the framework of programmes or projects administered by the Education Policy and Reform Unit, UNESCO Bangkok.

New Publications

Education Financial Planning in Asia: Implementing Medium-Term Expenditure Frameworks

A new series of e-publications

The Education Financial Planning in Asia series comprises four country case studies – Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam.  

The studies deal with a medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) in the education sector which aims to strengthen the link between policy, planning and budgeting.  Many countries in Asia have introduced, or are planning to introduce MTEFs, but no studies had been conducted so far to document the experiences. The case studies conducted in the four contries aim to address this knowledge gap.

These publications provide real examples and practical information from which planners and policy makers in other countries can learn from the experiences and lessons on education financial planning and MTEF.

Later this year, the case study of Nepal will be published.  Additional studies on Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Tajikistan are under review.

A series of Secondary Education Regional Information Base Country Profiles 

The publications provide basic information on the status and functioning of secondary education in selected countries of the Asia-Pacific region in a user-friendly format.  

The latest issue is the Mongolia Country Profile. It is the eighth addition to the series of country profiles:

The most recent data/information included within the publications were collected with collaboration of relavant offices/departments of the ministries responsible for secondary education in the countries.  The statistics presented were from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and national sources.  

The Secondary Education Regional Information Base Country Profiles were developed under the Secondary Education Policy Research in Asia Project (SEPRA).  Country profiles of Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Japan will be coming soon. Please refer to the SEPRA website.[contact us for details]. 

Recent Publications

Manuel pour une planification décentralisée de l'éducation
French version of the Handbook for Decentralized Education Planning: Implementing National EFA Plans

Following requests from other countries in n the region, the Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, UNESCO Bangkok, translated the Handbook for Decentralized Education Planning from English into French earlier this year.

The first edition of the handbook (English version) was distributed widely in 2005 to national education planners in the Asia-Pacific Region, education programme specialists within the UN family, as well as international funding agencies.  It has been used as a training material in workshops organized to build national capacity in modern education planning to enhance the chances of effective implementation of national education plans and for successful introduction of MTEF and Sector Wide Approaches (SWAP). 

With a continuing demand, the second English edition was produced in late 2006.  The handbook has also been translated into Arabic and published with the support of the AED (Academy for Education Development, Egypt office); and IIEP (the International Institute for Education Planning, Paris); the Arabic version can be downloaded on the UNESCO Bangkok website. [contact us for details]

July 2005

Handbook for Decentralized Education Planning: Implementing National EFA Plans

This handbook is part of a series of activities that UNESCO has undertaken to support countries in the East Asia and Pacific region in their efforts to reach the Dakar EFA goals in cost-effective ways (e.g., the development of the EFA Planning Guide for South-East and East Asia).

The purpose of the handbook is to enable education planners and decision makers in ministries of education and in provincial education administrations to develop the capacity needed to apply consistent, sustainable education planning and implementation monitoring at both the central and provincial levels.

The handbook does this by sharing the experiences UNESCO gained through working with countries in the region on the preparation of national EFA plans and, in particular, on the decentralized planning capacity needed for the effective implementation of national EFA plans.

It also provides technical information of an innovative kind, including modern planning concepts and the use of modern IT-based planning tools (in particular, the ANPRO-Model).  The handbook is not intended as a training or self-learning material for beginners; it is meant to be useful for staff and international experts engaged in international funding agencies. [contact us for details]

Lao Skills Development for Disadvantaged Groups: Review, Issues, and Prospects; Final Report 

"Lao Skills Development for Disadvantaged Groups: Review, Issues, and Prospects", is the final report of a study conducted by the Lao Ministry of Education, from 2003 to 2004, in the framework of the UNESCO-supported project "Assisting the Design and Implementation of EFA Skills Development Plans: Skills Development to Meet the Learning Needs of the Excluded".

Based on extended consultation with various stakeholders from numerous sectors concerned with skills development, the report provides a comprehensive review of the state of skills development in Lao PDR. Particular attention is given to the specific needs of socially and economically excluded groups, such as out-of-school youth and the rural poor. 

The study analyzes existing policies, strategies and programmes, and offers a set of policy recommendations designed to strengthen the provision of skills in Laos. As a result, findings from this document have led policy makers to include a "Skills Development Programme for Disadvantaged Groups" in Lao PDR's National Plan of Action for Education for All. [contact us for details]

Lao National Literacy Survey 2001: Final Report

The Lao National Literacy Survey 2001 is the first nationwide literacy survey ever conducted in Lao PDR.

The Department of Non-Formal Education and the Ministry of Education undertook this survey in 18 provinces covering 8,100 households, in 136 out of 142 districts, with technical support of UNESCO Bangkok.

The survey made use of four tests to evaluate reading, writing, numeracy and visual literacy skills. The study assessed both declared and tested literacy rates.  These methods have made the Lao National Literacy Survey a reliable source of information on adult literacy in Lao PDR. [contact us for details]


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