The main objective is to Inform and exchange ideas and experiences on Lifelong Learning and Skill Development through online content and connectivity. Specifically, participants will be having their own thoughts and answers against key questions below;

  1. What are the trends of new community learning systems in urban settings and how do these function to promote lifelong learning?
  2. How best can online contents and connectivity could be utilized at the community place like CLCs in rural and urban setting?
  3. How best can local art craft products and eco-tourism can be promoted through connectivity and community learning centers?


Lifelong learning encompasses learning at all ages and subsumes formal, non-formal and informal learning. Today, in a complex and fast-changing world, it is necessary for individuals to acquire and adapt competences such as knowledge, skills and attitudes through all forms of learning to cope with various challenges. In countries, lifelong learning has been a topic of high importance in the education discussion in view of the 21st Century and the Sustainable Development Goal 4: to Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Like other regions, providing support to the unemployed, to disadvantaged youths and adults, and to those illiterate is of serious concern and highest priority to Asia. In this region, the range of required skill development is so broad due to its geographical locations, cultural contexts, and socio economy status. In city areas where rapid urbanization has been happening, many youths remain in squalid slum conditions and for those youth the only employment options are insecure and subsistence activities. Many of these kinds of activities have the potential to create wealth but further development of those activities and wealth are difficult due to unavailability of skill education and training. In rural areas, disadvantaged youth are dependent on a combination of small–scale farming and poorly paid casual labor. According to the latest Global Monitoring Report 2012 which focuses on Youth and Skills, many young people are unable to acquire foundations skills they need, and many governments neglect key skills that are essential for development, and those disadvantaged lose out as a result.

There is no question that governments with their partners need to largely invest into skill development in particular for disadvantaged youth and adult.

Technical Innovations have been changing ways of learning, skill development, and income generations as well as the way we meet and interact. In cities, through SNS and various kinds of platforms people with similar needs and interests have started to get together to learn and work for common purposes and missions. There are a number of virtual communities online learning to work and expanding opportunities to meet and create new lessons and in projects and across cities. There are more and more private co-working and learning spaces in cities. These could be recognized as new types of community learning centers in cities. Even in rural areas, due to good technological connectivity it is becoming easier for anyone to be connected, learn together and share knowledge and values in the country as well as over countries. Electric commerce has created a lot of possibility for a community organization and an individual to sell cultural art crafts locally produced.

Likewise, local tourism is also rapidly being promoted through online platforms, which has created a lot of income generation and job opportunities.

Community learning centers (CLCs) is an effective delivery mechanism of lifelong learning, which are common and accessible for people in local communities. CLC programmes are in operation in more than 24 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region as well as 10 countries in the Arab region. The number of CLC and similar kinds of literacy centres is estimated to be more than 170,000 in Asia and Pacific. The purpose of the CLC is to promote human development by providing opportunities for lifelong learning to all people in the local community. CLC supports empowerment, social transformation and improvement of the quality of life of the people. The main functions of CLC are to provide: i) education, training, and skill development ii) community information and resource services, iii) community development activities, and iv)coordination and networking. There are various types of CLCs supported by the government, NGOs, and other donors. Some CLCs are fully owned and managed by communities. The purpose of this conference is to share and discuss how the community learning system in urban and rural settings could be progressed with utilizations of technical advantages and connectivity according to all aspects of Sustainable Development Goals which was endorsed by all member states in September 2015.

Programme Agenda


Day 1 - Monday, 9 May 2016

8:50-9:00 Registration
09:00-10:00 Opening Ceremony
* Guest Introduction by M.C.
* Opening Remarks: Mr. Park Jaehyun, Deputy Mayor of Changwon
* Remarks: Dr. Prachiad Aksornthammakul, Vice Governor of Phuket
* Welcome Remarks: Ms. Somjai Suwansupana, Mayor of Phuket
* Remarks: Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand
* Remarks: Mr. Dongseok Min, Secretary-General of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO
* Remarks: Assoc. Prof. M.D. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee, Permanent Secretary of Education, Ministry of Education
Introduction and Objectives of Conference
by Mr. Ichiro Miyazawa, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Bangkok
10:00-10:10 Group Photo Session
10:10-10:30 Coffee Break Media Conference
10:30-11:45 Key Lecture I
1. "New Visions and Models of Lifelong Learning Towards Sustainable Local Community Development" Dr. Kee Young Hwa, President of the National Institute of Lifelong Education (NILE)
11:45-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Session 1: On-line Lifelong Learning Programs in Community Learning Centers
Moderator: Ms. Hyunsook Seo, UNESCO Korean NATCOM
1. Online and Offline Lifelong Learning Programmes in Dangjin City - A Lifelong Learning City Mrs. Bonhui Gu, Manager of Lifelong Learning Team, Dangjin City Hall, Korea
2. Online lifelong learning Programmes in CLCs : Thailand Ms. Atchara Sakrajai, Deputy Secretary-General, & Ms. Parichart Yenjai, Director of Planning Division, the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE), Ministry of Education, Thailand
3. The NIE Open School Programme: To Provide Education for Youth Through 'Open Schooling' Mr. Dunai Singh Sarawanamuthu, the National Institute of Education (NIE), Sri Lanka
4. Online Lifetime Education in Changwon City Mr. In-gyu Choi, Office of Lifelong learning and legal Affairs
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:30 Session 2: Connecting Lifelong Learning to Local Community Development
Moderator: Ichiro Miyazawa, UNESCO Bangkok
1. Empowering Change in Myanmar – Through the Application of ICT in Provision of Higher Education and Professional Development Opportunities Ms. Zin Mar Oo, Program Director, Thabyay Education Foundation, Myanmar
2. Rural Women’s Empowerment - A Case Study Ms. Shaheen Attiq Ur Rahman, Director, Bunyad Foundation, Pakistan
3. Connecting Peeople to Communities though the Acquisition of ICT skills Ms. Ikumi Yoshida, Social Education Supervisor, Okayama Municipal Joto Kominkan, Japan
4. On-line Capacity Building for Education Workers: Developing professional learning communities in Indonesia Professor Greg Shaw, Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Charles Darwin University, Australia
17:30-18:00 Break
18:00-20:00 Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - Tuesday, 10 May 2016

09:00-09:40 Key Lecture II
1. "Development of Local Industry by CLC's using ICT Education" - Discussing the role of local institutes such as Universities and Enterprises to build the capacity of citizens Dr. Roy Colle, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, USA
09:40-10:00 Coffee Break
10:00-11:30 Session 3: Connecting Lifelong Learning to Livelihood and Local Business
Moderator: Mr. Uwe Gartenschlaeger, DVV International
1. AgMOOC's : A Case Study Professor T V Prabhakar, Department of CSE, IIT Kanpur, India
2. Very Local Trip - Promoting Economic Empowerment Through ICT and E-Business Solutions Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat & Ms. Wanda Gabai, The Research Center for Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM), Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand
3. Damyang - A Lifelong Learning City Mr. Sung-pil Hong, Director of Administrative Management Division, Damyang County, Korea
11:30-13:20 Lunch
13:20-14:00 Key Lecture III
1. Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Open Education for Lifelong Learning: How can we empower communities through technology in the 21st Century? Prof. Toru Iiyoshi, Deputy Vice President for Education/Director & Professor, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University
14:00-15:00 Session 4 : Connecting Lifelong Learning to New Initiatives for Community Empowerment
Moderator: Ms. Cassandra Scarpino, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg
1. The Impact Hub Cambodia: ‘‘Locally Rooted, Globally Connected’ – How we are making it happen Ms. Laura Smitheman, Co-Founder, The Impact Hub, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2. Sarvodaya - Fusion: "E-Empowerment of Rural Communities" - Providing Digital Literacy, Digital Access and Digital Benefits Mr. Madushan Wijerathne, Sales & Promotion Executive, Sarvodaya Fusion, Sri Lanka
15:00-15:30 Session 5 : Group Discussion
15:30-17:00 Session 5 : Group Discussion
All Participants - Discussing of On-line Lifelong Learning Systems, The Future of CLC's and the Pathway Forward Facilitator : Mr. Ichiro Miyazawa, UNESCO Bangkok
17:00-18:00 Closing
Outcome Document
*UNESCO Bangkok
Closing
Ms. Jayanthi Gunasekara, Director General, National Institute of Education, Sri Lanka
Ms. Atchara Sakrajai, Deputy Secretary-General, the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE), Ministry of Education, Thailand
Mr. In-gyu Choi, Director of Office of Lifelong learning and legal Affairs, Changwon city, Korea

Day 3 - Wednesday, 11 May 2016

09:00-14:00 Study Tour
Study Tour at
  • Muang Phuket District Non-formal and Informal Education Centre
  • Talatyai Sub-district Non-formal and Informal Education Centre
  • Phuket Provincial Public Library
Topic :
  • Non-formal Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Informal Education
  • Lifelong Learning Education
Speaker :
  • Director of Muang Phuket District Non-formal and Informal Education Centre
  • CLC teachers of Talatyai Sub-district Non-formal and Informal Education Centre
  • Officers of Phuket Provincial Public Library
  • Educator of Phuket Provincial Office of the Non-formal and Informal Education
END OF REGIONAL CONFERENCE

Speakers


Ms. Youngwha Kee

President of the National Institute of Lifelong Education (NILE)

Ms. Koo Bonhuy

Manager of Lifelong Learning Team, Dangjin City Hall, Korea

Ms. Atchara Sakrajai

Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of Informal and Non-Formal Education (ONIE), Ministry of Education, Thailand

Ms. Parichart Yenjai

Director, Planning Division, Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education, Thailand

Dr. Jayanthi Gunasekara

Director General, NationalInstitute of Education, Sri Lanka

Mr. ingyoo,Choi

Project officer of Office of Lifelong learning and legal Affairs

Ms. Zin Mar Oo

Program Director, Thabyay Education Foundation, Myanmar

Ms. Shaheen Attiq Ur Rahman

Vice Chairperson, Bunyad Literacy Community Council, Pakistan

Ms. Ikumi Yoshida

Social Education Supervisor, Okayama Municipal Joto Kominkan, Japan

Mr. Greg Shaw

Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at Charles Darwin University, Australia

Mr. Roy Donald Colle

Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, USA

Mr. Prabhakar Tadinada

Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Ms. Kamolrat Intaratat

Director,The Research Center for Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM), Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand

Ms. Wanda Gabai

International Consultant, The Research Center for Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM), Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand

Mr. Hong Sung-pil

Director of Administrative Management Division, Damyang County, Korea

Mr. Toru Iiyoshi

Deputy Vice President for Education/Director & Professor, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University

Ms. Laura Elizabeth Smitheman

Co-Founder, Impact Hub Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mr. Madushan Wijerathne

Sales & Promotion Executive, Sarvodaya Fusion, Sri Lanka

Mr. Ichiro Miyazawa

Programme Specialist, UNESCO Bangkok

Further Information


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