UNESCO and EEF with partners publish outcome and conference summary for 2022 International Conference on Equitable Education: Together Towards Equity
‘The learning crisis is an equity crisis.’
In Asia and the Pacific today, some 18 million children lack access to education, and nearly two thirds of children at age 10 are unable to read and understand simple texts. In addition, even if primary and secondary enrollment rates are higher today than they were a decade ago, children with disabilities, as well as others belonging to long-marginalized ethnic groups, continue to face considerable difficulties in completing a full cycle of education.
To address these and related education challenges in Thailand, the Equitable Education Fund (EEF), in partnership with the Thailand Ministry of Education; UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau of Education; UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (UNICEF EAPRO); UNICEF Thailand; Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO); and Save the Children, jointly convened the International Conference on Equitable Education: Together Towards Equity (AFE 2022), from 19 to 20 October 2022, in Bangkok, to promote equity-based learning for all.
141 participants attended the Conference in person, while an additional 3,577 joined remotely. Among the latter, 1,705 hailed from 59 countries across Asia-Pacific.
The just-published Conference outcome document, The International Conference on Equitable Education: Together Towards Equity, expressly follows on the 2022 Bangkok Statement adopted by education ministers and related stakeholders at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Education Minister’s Conference (APREMC-II), of June 2022. The publication further builds on discussions and cases presented by AFE 2022 participants, and it offers additional resources for implementations showcased at the Conference, as well as solutions relating to remaining education challenges in the region. Taking into consideration recommendations made at the 2021 Regional Conference on Teachers and Equitable Education, this publication additionally contributes to thematic action tracks of the Transforming Education Summit (TES), recently convened at the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77).
To access the publication, as well as videos of AFE 2022 sessions and presentations, visit the official Conference website: https://www.afe2022.eef.or.th/
More resources to support implementation and information of our work, visit the Equitable Education Hub: https://equity-ed.net/