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Lifelong learning in transformation: Promising practices in Southeast Asia

Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam

08.01.2019 by SEA-VET Content

Yorozu, Rika

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

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Area of TVET:
Policies, Governance, Sustainability (economic, cultural and environmental), Inclusive TVET (gender, minority, remote areas, disability etc.), Regional/global integration (qualification framework, mutual recognitions, harmonization, etc.)



The project is working with 11 Southeast Asian countries in close collaboration with the SEAMEO CELLL governing board members and UNESCO field offices: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. 
It is a start-up project, for which UIL has provided an initial investment and technical support to SEAMEO CELLL, which will run until mid-2018. It aims to strengthen mutual collaboration and learning at regional level through: documentation and dissemination of holistic and comprehensive approaches to lifelong learning; an online knowledge-sharing platform on policies and practices in lifelong learning; and recommendations on policy and programmes promoting lifelong learning.
At the level of individual countries, the primary expected result is to prepare national strategic actions to build lifelong
learning agendas through:
  • Multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral dialogue on lifelong learning, initiated and strengthened within and among national ministries responsible for lifelong learning (i.e. basic education, vocational education and higher education) and in association with other public and private stakeholder organizations involved in the development and implementation of lifelong learning policies and strategies.
  • Identifying, analysing and summarizing successful policies and practices in lifelong learning in national reports.
  • Identifying government responses that improve equity and quality of lifelong learning.
  • Learning from the experiences of other Southeast Asian countries. 

The objectives of this report are to share promising policies and practices promoting lifelong learning in Southeast Asian countries and to stimulate public policy dialogue on lifelong learning at national and regional levels.


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