JAKARTA, 23 November 2017 – The ASEAN Secretariat hosted the ASEAN Partners’ Mini Forum on Education on 17 November to update ASEAN Dialogue Partners and other partners on the current status, achievements and opportunities on ASEAN education cooperation. The event offered a rare opportunity of a dialogue between education practitioners from ASEAN Member States and representatives from the ASEAN Dialogue Partners and invited international organisations.

The Mini Forum focused on how education and its sub-sectors synergise with other ASEAN pillars and sectors to create a more holistic action in support of overall purpose of the ASEAN Community.  The dialogue identified converging points between priorities of ASEAN and ASEAN Dialogue Partners on issues such as inclusive education, vocational and skills training, internationalization of higher education, teachers’ competencies, and ASEAN awareness through education.

Representatives from the Republic of Korea (ROK), Switzerland and Norway shared their priority areas of support to ASEAN.  Specifically, ROK has expressed interest to support a proposal on ASEAN statistical capacity enhancement for basic inclusive education. Responding to emerging needs for teachers’ development, the Teachers Association of the Republic of Indonesia proposed for ASEAN to convene discussions on common teacher standards in ASEAN. Many ASEAN Dialogue Partners expressed appreciation and found value in a dialogue such as this to keep everyone abreast on the work of ASEAN sectors especially education.

Participants include education specialists from ASEAN, representatives from ASEAN Dialogue Partners, ASEAN entities and UN agencies.

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