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UNESCO conference to explore linkages between learning and social development

The 16th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, 21-23 November 2012, Pullman Bangkok King Power, Rangnam Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, 13 November 2012 – The survival of humanity is highly dependent on learning how to live together, beginning by understanding and accepting other people and their history, cultures, traditions and values. 

Grades and degrees are important indicators to measure learning outcomes and accomplishments in view of developing human capital and increasing national wealth. However, policy makers, educators and parents are increasingly recognizing the importance of the non-cognitive aspects of learning, such as values, ethics, social responsibility and civic engagement. 

In order to call for education to foster humanistic and sustainable lifestyles it needs to better understand how education systems – from the curricula, pedagogies, school environment and settings, assessments and extra-curricular activities – can concretely bridge theory and practice.

UNESCO, the Ministry of Education in Thailand, the Asian-Pacific Network for International Education and Values (APNIEVE), Pearson Thailand and J.P. Morgan are convening the 16th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, The Heart of Education: Learning to Live Together, on 21-23 November 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants will reflect on leading-edge thinking about learning, discuss the linkages between learning and social development, explore approaches and tools to enhance learning, and identify policies and instruments to promote learning to live together.

The Conference will be opened on 21 November 2012 at 9.30 am by Michelle Lombard, President of Pearson, APAC Emerging Markets, Thomas DuCharme, Head of Treasury and Securities Services, Asia Pacific, J.P. Morgan, Panita Kambhu Na Ayutthaya, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, Thailand and Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. 

A Press Conference attended by the speakers of the opening session will follow at 10.30 am.  

Rajah Roy Singh Lecture’s Learning to Live Together: A Challenge and a Promise for the Future by Khunying Kasama Varavarn, Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Thailand will start at 11 am. Inclusive education is seen as exerting major influence on the abilities of students, teachers and the entire education system to become more responsive to special needs of the diverse student body. In exploring youth’s ability to develop a positive image of themselves, the speaker will trace the struggles to develop life skills in schools. 

As this year’s objectives of the UNESCO-APEID International Conference are to increase understanding and knowledge of the concept of learning in general, and learning to live together in particular, eminent speakers will share their rich experiences in linking theory to practice. Policy makers, educators, researchers and representatives from private sector will examine the broad concepts of learning, linkages between learning and social development, and the policies, tools and resources available. 

Based in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand, the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) has organized a series of international conferences since 1995 to provide a forum for policy dialogue, and information and knowledge sharing on development-oriented education innovations and exemplary practices in and beyond the Asia-Pacific region. 

Journalists who wish to attend the event can contact Ms. Rojana Manowalailao at UNESCO Bangkok: r.manowalailao@unesco.or g tel: +66 81 825 2188. 

Individual interview opportunities for journalists with key speakers can be arranged after the Press Conference.  

For more details, visit UNESCO Bangkok’s website at:


UNESCO Bangkok Press Release 2012