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APEID was established as an inter-country co-operation programme tasked with the following mission:

To contribute to sustainable human development (underpinned by tolerance, human rights and a culture of peace) through the design and implementation of education programmes and projects, mainly at the post primary level of education, which stress ‘educational innovation for development.

Serving 47 UNESCO Member States in the Asia-Pacific region, APEID's goal is to improve the quality of education and strengthen capabilities and self-reliance at the national, sub-national and grassroots levels by:

  • fostering educational innovation and research in support of development;
  • forging partnerships in education, particularly through the establishment and servicing of networks to facilitate free and open flow of information;
  • promoting inter-country technical co-operation; and
  • providing technical support and advice to Member States and partners.


Over the years, APEID has maintained its primary focus, but the mechanisms, strategies and tools have been modified to meet changing times, contexts, priorities, needs and challenges.

For APEID to remain relevant as a programme that is responsive to the needs of Member States, its programme areas should address the current situation and its modalities should be appropriate to local contexts. Strategic choices should reflect the best use of the limited resources available and, above all, should actively contribute to technical co-operation and sustainable development in the region.

APEID's emphasis on making use of local expertise and taking into account local contexts in the Asia-Pacific region is reflected by the Member States' role in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating APEID's programmes.