APREC: Asia-Pacific Regional Education Conference

The first in the number of regional education conferences to take place all over the world before the World Education Forum 2015 (May 2015, Incheon, Republic of Korea), the Conference aims to celebrate the progress made in Education for All (EFA), recognize that the world is promoting since the world education conferences within 1990 and 2000, and catalyze the reflection of regional voices in the global debate on training beyond 2015.

APREC will involve ministers and high-level authorities of ministries of education through countries in the region as well as other stakeholders within education, such as civil society agencies, youth organizations, UN agencies, advancement banks, the private sector and research institutions. The participation can be by invitation only. About 400 participants are expected.

The particular Conference will be divided into two segments – the Regional Dialogue on EFA and Beyond (6-7 August 2014) and the Ministerial Community forum on Education Beyond 2015 (7 August 2014 evening and 6 August 2014). Directors and high-level officials of ministries of training will attend the Regional Dialogue on EFA and Beyond. They are going to review EFA progress and talk about issues, challenges and priorities just for education post-2015, which will feed to the draft communiqué. Ministers of training (or their representatives) will go to the Ministerial Forum on Education Beyond 2015. They will discuss and adopt the communiqué of the Conference.

This communiqué includes regional recommendations for the post-2015 worldwide education and development agendas, such as the international framework for action for training 2015-2030 to be adopted at the World Education Forum in May 2015 within Incheon, Republic of Korea and the post-2015 sustainable development goals to be adopted at the UN Summit within September 2015 in New York, UNITED STATES.

APREC is made probable by the generous support of the Ministry of Education, Thailand, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan and the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea.

Since 2012, UNESCO Bangkok has been actively mobilizing a variety of stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region to reflect on education beyond 2015 via regional high-level expert meetings and regional consultations. UNESCO Member States are also currently conducting a critical review of EFA progress at the national degree to take stock of the achievements and lessons learnt towards identifying the near future education agenda. These consultations up to now have pointed the direction from the post-2015 education agenda to be moored in a lifelong and sector-wide viewpoint, addressing access, equity and high quality for all – children, youth and adults – at all levels of training from early childhood care and education to higher education and mature learning across formal, non-formal and informal modalities.

For more information, please contact Ushio Miura [u.miura(at)unesco.org] or Antony W tamtym miejscu [kh.tam(at)unesco.org] at the  Education Policy and Reform Unit (EPR).

Written by  Antony Tam [kh.tam(at)unesco.org]

Related Links:

• October 2013: The third regional high-level expert conference on “Beyond 2015: Transforming Training and Learning in the Asia-Pacific Region”

• March 2013: The regional thematic appointment meeting on education in the post-2015 development agenda

• November 2012: The second regional high-level expert meeting on “What Education for the Future? Beyond 2015 – Rethinking Learning in a Changing World”

• May this year: The first regional high-level expert conference on “Towards EFA 2015 and Beyond – Shaping a New Eyesight of Education”

• National EFA 2015 Reviews within Asia-Pacific

• UNESCO’s Contribution to Post-2015

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