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UNESCO and UNICEF in Asia-Pacific Join Hands to Advance Education Beyond 2015

The United National Development Group (UNDG) launched a global thematic consultation on education in the post-2015 development agenda which is co-led by UNESCO and UNICEF. At the regional level UNESCO Bangkok, UNICEF EAPRO and UNICEF ROSA have joined hands to gather regional voices as part of the discussions on the future of education in the post 2015 era in the Asia-Pacific.

The UNESCO-UNICEF working group headed jointly by Ms Margarete Sachs-Israel of UNESCO Bangkok, Mr Cliff Meyers of UNICEF EAPRO and Ms Lieke van de Wiel  of UNICEF ROSA will launch regional conversations with education stakeholders from across the region through their regional offices and Education for All (EFA) Coordinators. 

“Right now, much is being discussed at the global level about progress made towards the Education for All (EFA) goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the 2015 deadline approaches. We feel it’s important that regional voices also feature prominently in these discussions,” said Ms Sachs-Israel. 

“We want to gather regional perspectives on the role of education in the post 2015 development agenda, based on the unique challenges and experiences of all stakeholders within countries in achieving Education for All. We want to make sure that we get a good understanding of how people and countries in the region imagine education for the future,” she said. 

Through e-consultations, the partnership will also seek feedback from youth of the Asia-Pacific, helping to ensure they too are involved in discussions on the future of education in the region. 

“Engaging young people in this process is particularly important – not only do young people represent such a significant proportion of the regional population, but they often 

bring the creativity, vitality and entrepreneurial spirit we need in building better education systems for the future,” said Mr Meyers.

Ms van de Wiel highlighted the importance for national and regional consultations in Asia-Pacific to take stock of the major unfinished business in education as well as emerging issues. “Widening inequalities have left a significant portion of children, particularly in South Asia, excluded from education. We should continue to keep issues related to children at the top of our agenda and ensure their voices are heard as we embark on this consultative process,” she added.

UNESCO Bangkok, in its role as the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, has commenced work since 2011 to stimulate region-wide reflections and consultations on the future of education development and cooperation, in order to prepare regional contribution to the global debate around post-2015 agendas and their education-related goals. This process has been undertaken through, amongst others, organization of a regional high-level expert meeting. 

The next meeting, “Beyond 2015 – Rethinking Learning in a Changing World” will be held from 26-28 November 2012 with a focus on cutting-edge insights on learning from the perspective of educationalists, learning scientists and economists and will also support furthering regional and international work on developing a new vision of education and the post-2015 development agenda. 

For more information about the meeting, please contact Ms. Margarete Sachs-Israel [m.sachs-israel(at)] at the Education Policy and Reform Unit. 

Related Link: 

• Education Beyond 2015 
• Towards EFA 2015 and Beyond – Shaping a New Vision for Education