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ASEAN forum to discuss lifelong learning policies

Update: March, 16/2013 - 09:35

HA NOI (VNS)— Lifelong learning policies and initiatives will be key issues discussed by participants of the three-day 47th Council Conference of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) that starts on Tuesday in Ha Noi.

Education leaders from the eleven SEAMEO member countries will join hundreds of representatives from seven SEAMEO Associate Member Countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway) and international organizations for the discussions.

Deputy head of the International Co-operation Department under the Ministry of Education and Training Pham Chi Cuong said the conference would focus on sharing experience between participating countries to effectively implement the strategies of each member country.

The Southeast Asian and European countries would also work on potential plans for co-operation on lifelong learning issues and building a learning society, he said.

During the conference, the SEAMEO College, a forum of culture, education and science exchange among Southeast Asian countries, will get a kick start.

Education leaders are expected to put forward their initiatives to raise the quality of operation of 20 SEAMEO centres and boost the effectiveness of education-for-all projects.

Legal agreements for the operation of the SEAMEO Centre for Lifelong Learning in Viet Nam will be finalised at the conference.

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Pham Manh Hung said this was really a chance to strengthen regional co-operation in education, science and culture among member countries.

The discussions would help member countries including Viet Nam to solve their own education-related problems by developing education and training activities to meet the higher demand for quality human resources in labour markets, he said. — VNS


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