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ASPBAE celebrated its 50th birthday on 30 January 2014 in Manila, Philippines. The event was held in collaboration with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Theatre.
UNESCO released the 11th Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2013-2014 in Addis Ababa during the African Union Summit.
The Global Partnerships for Education (GPE) held several meetings in February 2014. ASPBAE assisted in organising the meetings, which was hosted by the Australian Coalition for Education and Development (ACED).
The Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) in coordination with other groups has launched "Project PAG-ARAM" an initiative to raise school materials for children and teachers in Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas.
ASPBAE organised a regional conference of national education coalitions with the aim of preparing for post-2015 education campaigning.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), in collaboration with DVV International, organised its second Think Tank meeting on Positioning Lifelong Learning in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The aim of the meeting was to seek key stakeholders’ advice on positioning lifelong learning more saliently in the post-2015 education and development agenda.
The UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education was organised by UNESCO in support of the Global Education First Initiative of the UN Secretary-General and aimed to provide a platform to share experiences, engage in debate, and advance the conceptual thinking of the content and practice of global citizenship education.
UNESCO Bangkok convened a regional technical workshop as part of the Education for All (EFA) review process designed to further discuss and fine-tune the content, methodology, and format of the National EFA reports.
As a step further to building associations with ASPBAE and gaining an understanding of the work of its members based in New Delhi, India, a study tour was organised by the Regional Office of dvv international for Central Asia (Tashkent and Uzbekistan) for its partners in the region.
The theme of the 11th PASCAL International Observatory Conference was Cities Learning Together - Local Communities in the Sustainable and Healthy Learning City. The conference focused on present and future action to build green, safe, and healthy communities which are economically viable and sustainable.
The Asia Multilingual Education Working Group convened the Fourth International Conference on Language and Education - Multilingual Education for All in Asia and the Pacific: Policies,Practices and Processes.
The aim of the 4th Bonn Conference on Adult Education and Development (BoCAED) was to analyse the unique setting of adult education and non-formal learning in technical and vocational skills development (TVSD) in the informal sector; highlight the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved; and identify best practices by fostering dialogue between practitioners and the scientific community.
UNESCO announced that it will not advocate for the continuation of Education for All. This announcement was met with concern by GCE and ASPBAE who believe that while education must be a stand-alone goal in the post-MDG framework, this must link to a continuing Education for All framework that maintains the full breadth of state commitments to education.
The OECD Skills Outlook 2013 has been released. This presents the initial results of the PIAAC, an international survey carried out in 24 countries which measures the key workplace and cognitive skills needed for individuals to participate successfully in society and for economies. The collected data assists governments in assessing, monitoring and analysing the level and distribution of skills among adults.
ASPBAE President, Jose Roberto Guevara, delivered a special address entitled "Educating for Resilience: Adult and Community Education Response to a Context of Crises" at an international symposium in Tokyo to commemorate the 60th anniversary of JSSACE.
ASPBAE's Basic Leadership Development Course marked its entry in to Myanmar and brought together passionate young leaders to have a voice in shaping the future course of education.
ASPBAE held a working group meeting on youth and life skills, bringing together NGOs and education campaign coalitions working on issues related to the youth.
To understand how policies and programmes can promote literacy and life skills education for marginalised youth, the Government of Indonesia and UNESCO, in collaboration with ASPBAE, organised an International Policy Forum on Literacy and Life Skills Education for Vulnerable Youth through Community Learning Centres (CLCs).
A global workshop on 'Privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships and the Right to Education: Building Critical Research Skills' aimed to build research capacities of national education coalitions in different parts of the world to respond more effectively to urgent issues related to education financing and privatisation.
ASPBAE organised a consultation of representatives from 11 national education coalitions in the Asia Pacific in advance of an international workshop on Education Privatisation organised by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE).
The seminar explored the theme through diverse perspectives on topics such as Official Development Assistance (ODA), South-South cooperation, knowledge sharing and exchange, benchmarking, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), capacity development, as well as regional and international normative frameworks.
The theme for this year’s Global Action Week was 'Every Child Needs a Teacher', a campaign demanding that states act now to ensure every child has well-trained and well-supported teachers. The following article is a round-up of how some of ASPBAE’s members celebrated Global Action Week this year.
A Civil Society Global Forum met prior to the High Level Panel Meeting on Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss strategies and concepts to be presented to the Panel.
Over 100 representatives from countries, UN agencies, donors, academia, and civil society organisations agreed that the expansion of education access, and a greater focus on equity and education quality should be key features of the post 2015 education agenda.