The Asia-Pacific Meeting on Schooling 2030 (APMED2030) on 25-27 November 2015 brought together over 200 participants from 40 countries which includes education ministers and ministry representatives, civil society organizations focused on training, development partners, UN agency associates, donors and researchers. The APMED2030 aims to prepare member states plus development partners for the implementation of the Education 2030 agenda in Asia-Pacific.
In the opening program, Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok and Daniel Toole, Local Director of UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO), and Assoc. Prof. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, Thailand were present to welcome all participants.
As a side activity throughout APMED2030, participating organzi regulations and countries were invited to participate UNESCO in exhibtion under the theme: “Showcasing Best Practices and Building up Partnerships to Achieve SDG 4 (Education 2030). ” Representatives of various organizations/countries brought along publications and related information materials, videos and slideshows to share information on lessons learned or best practices in education growth within theframework of Education for many (EFA) at country as well as local levels.
For instance: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office broght some publications eligible " Comprehensive School Safety, " " Building Better Brains, " " Solomon Islands Case Study in Eduction, Conflict and Social Cohesion. " UNICEF Pakistan delivered some reports on country encounter entitled " Pakistan EFA Evaluation Report 2015, " " Pakistan Education Allast 2015" and " Annual Progress Report on Execution of National Plan of Action to Accelerate Education Related MDGs (2013-2016). " Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia shared their own work on geographic information system (GIS) in Education.
Variouse publications related to lesson learnt and best practices in EFA planning plus implementation produced by UNESCO in the past decade and recently were also dispersed. Among others were " EFA Global Monitoring Report 2015" in various language, e. g. English, Hindi, Thai and Lao; " Handbook for Implementation of EFA Plan; " and Asia Pacific Asia-Pacific Education System Review Series, No . 6, 7, 6, and 9 related to TVET.
The publications on sex equality and lifelong learning and education for sustainable development had been also distributed such as " Out-of-School Children and Adolescents: Left Behind on the Road to Learning Opportunities for All, " " Embracing Diversity: Toolkit for Creating Comprehensive Learning-Friendly Environments (ILFE Toolkit), " " GENIA Toolkit for Promoting Gender Equality in Education", " Parenting Education Handbook and Video" and " Advocacy Kit for Promoting Multilingual Education: Including the Excluded. "
Morever, information and experience on networking, cooperation and partnership to support research and development, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, projects and activities in the education sector as well as other concerned sectors within the framework associated with Education for All and the new SDG 4: Education 2030 and its targets were also presented. The particular Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) and Southeast Oriental Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) were among others who showcased their networking experience.
In the exhibiton, UNESCO Bangkok took the opportunity to ask some participants to talk about their thoughts on what Education 2030 means to them in the APMED2030 video.
For more informaton, please contact Malisa Santigul [m.santigul(at)unesco.org] and Ratchakorn Kulsawet [r.kulsawet(at)unesco.org] in the Education Policy and Reform Unit
Authored by Ratchakorn Kulsawet [r.kulsawet(at)unesco.org]
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• UNICEF East Asia plus Pacific Regional Office
• The Academy of Academic Planning and Management (AEPAM), Ministry of Education, Pakistan
• The Asia-Pacific Regional System for Early Childhood (ARNEC)
• Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)
• UNESCO Bangkok Publications