SEAMEO CELLL ATTENDS REGIONAL EXPERT MEETING TO DEVELOP REGIONAL STANDARDS FOR COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRES AND AN ASIA-PACIFIC COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK FOR LIFELONG LEARNING (19-20 November, Bangkok)
Within the framework of the project “Transforming Education and Training Systems to Create Lifelong Learning Societies in the Asia-Pacific”whose overall objective is to assist countries in the region in reorienting their education and training systems towards creating lifelong learning socities, national experts from seven countries in the region (Bangladesh, China, Japan, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam) were invited to participate in national education sector reviews and a research framework as well as research methodology development (30 April – 1 May, 2015 at Novotel Ploenchit, Bangkok.)
To initiate the second phase of the project, UNESCO Bangkok organised a two-day expert meeting on 19-20 November 2015 at Pullman Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. An eminent panel of lifelong learning experts based in the Asia-Pacific region representing various sectors (research and academia, private sector, development partners, UN agencies, CSOs) were invited to participate in this regional consultation.
The main objective of the meeting is to design a preliminary version of the regional CLC standards and the Asia-Pacific Competency Framework for Lifelong Learning. The meeting also provides a platform for the national experts to discuss substantive issues related to lifelong learning that could impact the development of these regional instruments.
On 16 and 17 November, SEAMEO CELLL attended SEAMEO Workshops on the New Education Agenda: 7 Priority Areas in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The participants had an opportunity to share their centres’ flagship projects under the priority areas and were able to gain insights into the Ministry of Education Indonesia’s on-going education initiatives. During the consultation meeting, the centre researchers had the opportunity to develop common research priorities and collaborative research activities, while the secretaries were able to establish meaningful ICT-based communication strategies to support the SEAMEO directors, researchers and knowledge managers in fulfilling activities, projects and programs to achieve the SEAMEO NEW EDUCATION AGENDA: 7 Priority Areas. The meeting resulted in 31 TOR, which will also act as initiatives for Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.
Previously on 13 September 2014, Education Ministers of SEAMEO member states met in Vientiane, Lao PDR at the SEAMEO Strategic Dialogue of Education Ministers (SDEM) together with observers from Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and proposed 7 priority areas for cooperation in SEAMEO in the next twenty years. The proposal was endorsed at 48th SEAMEO Council Conference. SEAMEO Centres have since embarked on projects in these areas.
The Seven Priority Areas are:
1. Achieving universal Early Childhood Care and Education
2. Addressing Barriers to Inclusion
3. Ensuring Resiliency in the Face of Emergencies
4. Promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training
5. Revitalising Teacher Education
6. Promoting Harmonisation in Higher Education and Research
7. Adopting a 21st Century Curriculum.
The ASEM LLL Hub meeting - SELF-LEARNING IN A DIGITAL ERA was held at The Gateway Resort, Damdama Lake Gurgaon, New Delhi, India on 2-4 November 2015 in response to the necessity of identifying effective models for lifelong learning in the face of world economic crisis.
The meeting engaged 70 representatives from EU member states and Asian countries under the auspices of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to discuss and construct concepts and practices for lifelong learning. At the meeting researchers, policymakers and practitioners discussed contemporary possibilities of self-learning in a digital era, key concepts for policies and practices in Asia and Europe and what role researchers and policy makers should play in creating lifelong learning opportunities for all in Asia and Europe.
Mr Le Huy Lam, SEAMEO Centre Director, was one of the 4 keynote speakers of the meeting. In his presentation “Adressing ASEAN diverse learning needs: to what extent is MOOCs/E-learning the solution?” he discussed the diverse learning needs of ASEAN people at the grassroots level in the process of integration, especially from the perspectives of the CLCs, the community learning centres, by far the most popular LLL provider in the region. He emphasised that addressing such a vast diversity was quite problematic considering a lack of qualified CLC personnel and insufficient funding, among other things, and analysed the benefits as well as issues emerging to use MOOCs as a solution.
Full coverage at http://indiameeting2015.au.dk/