The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is partnering with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization’s Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL), the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok and Field Offices in Southeast Asia in order to work with governments in the region to upgrade their national lifelong learning policies and strategies. SEAMEO CELLL is organizing the first planning meeting for this project. At the meeting, which will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 8 March 2016, a group of experts will gather ideas for a collaborative framework for lifelong learning. Ministries responsible for lifelong learning – including ministries of education, labour and rural development – will be invited to participate in regional collaborative planning, implementation and evaluation over the coming two years.
This regional collaboration will build on the progress made in the region since 2013 Seminar on National Policy Frameworks for Lifelong Learning in ASEAN Countries. It will also examine how countries in the region can work towards the global Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education and ‘enhance the competitiveness of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) human resources through the promotion of lifelong learning, pathways, equivalencies and skills development’ through the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025. It is expected that national and regional policy dialogues and research will help to realize a holistic and integrated vision of lifelong learning.