Parliamentarians in Asia and the Pacific poised to play an active role in promoting lifelong learning
UNESCO has encouraged and supported the establishment of parliamentary networks for promoting education. The “Forum of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians for Education” (FASPPED) was established in October 2008. From 28 to 30 April 2012, three important events of FASPPED were held back to back in Teheran: (1) a Workshop of Parliamentarian Members of FASPPED Member States in South and West Asia on Legislation for Promoting Lifelong Learning in those areas; (2) the 4th Session of the FASPPED Executive Bureau; and (3) the 2nd FASPPED General Assembly.
As a member of the UNESCO team headed by the Mr Qian Tang - the Assistant Director-General for Education – to participate in these events, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) was represented by Mr Jin Yang, Senior Programme Specialist, who served as a resource person for the aforementioned Workshop, which contributed to increasing the awareness of parliamentarians about lifelong learning and the necessity for promoting and developing lifelong learning in their countries. More concretely, the Workshop developed a set of recommendations concerning the role of parliaments in promoting lifelong learning, covering: legislation, evaluation of lifelong learning results, budget allocation, information and public awareness raising, as well as regional and international cooperation.
More information on FASPPED activities: http://faspped.com/index.aspx?siteid=257 .