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Regional seminar aims at making school curricula more inclusive




As the timelines to meet the goals of Education for All (EFA) and the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) are drawing closer, pressure rises to use the remaining time productively to concretize plans and actions. To provide a platform on reorienting school curricula in the region towards making education more inclusive to reach the unreached and making education for sustainable development part of national curricula, UNESCO Bangkok organized a regional seminar in Bangkok, Thailand on 5-6 October 2012.

At the opening of the seminar, Gwang-Jo Kim, Director UNESCO Bangkok said: “We need to reach the unreached. The decade of ESD will end in just two years’ time, so we need to speed up and kick off progress for both EFA and ESD. We will not end our efforts and we must convince ourselves that these two goals, EFA and ESD, can be obtained”. 

While the process of developing curricula varies from country to country and highly depends on national policies, seminar participants agreed that the key to deliver education for sustainable development as part of regular school pedagogy and to make schools inclusive is the national teaching force. A successful integration can only be provided through close collaboration between curriculum developers and teachers.

“Why are we focusing on teachers? It is because we know that teachers are actually the key people to deliver the message we need to pass”, said Ms. Lay Cheng Tan, specialist for education at UNESCO Bangkok.

During the two-day seminar, more than 40 curriculum developers and experts from Asia-Pacific countries shared their knowledge and experience and engaged in discussions to address challenges for integrating inclusive education and ESD concepts in their national curricula.

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Programme (pdf, 200kb)

Introduction to project and seminar, Lay Cheng Tan, UNESCO Bangkok (pdf, 580kb)

Overview of ESD, Molly Lee, Former UNESCO Staff (pdf, 1.7mb)

Overview of EFA and inclusive education, Abdul Hakeem, UNESCO Bangkok (pdf, 1.3mb)

Reorienting school curriculum to address EFA and ESD, Molly Lee, Former UNESCO Staff (pdf, 1.1mb)

Value education and the curriculum, Joy de Leo, Australian Council for Private Education and Training (pdf, 260kb)

Intercultural understanding and the curriculum, Anna Chung, APCEIU (pdf, 2.1mb)

Developing inclusive curriculum: case study from Nepal, Tirtha Raj Parajuli, Tribhuwan University Kathmandu (pdf, 1.4mb)

Integrating ESD concepts into the local curriculum: case study from China, Shi Gendong, Beijing Association of Education for Sustainable Development, China (pdf, 2.7mb)

Case study of a whole school approach from Malaysia, Ooi Mee Har, SJK Chi Hwa, Malaysia (pdf, 9.6mb)

Case study of an ESD School in Chiang Rai, Thailand, Wongduan Suwansiri, Ministry of Education, Thailand (pdf, 2.4mb)

SEAMEO INNOTECH Toolkit: Integrating ESD into Secondary School Social Studies, Philip Purnell, SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines (pdf, 2.3mb)

Subject-based curriculum: Climate Change, Pramuan Siripunkaew, Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology, Thailand (pdf, 1.1mb)

Subject-based curriculum: Green Chemistry, Mageswary Karpudewan, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia (pdf, 1mb)

Challenges to curriculum development and identification of key areas for discussion, Joy de Leo and Molly Lee (pdf, 130kb)